december, 2023

05dec6:00 pm9:00 pmArts and Social Justice Project Showcase and Community ConversationJoin us for a powerful evening of artistic expression and meaningful dialogue, as we showcase the 2023 classroom creations of ASJ.

Event Details

Emory University’s Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program (ASJ) presents a project showcase and community conversation Tuesday, December 5 at the Switchyards Downtown Club. Doors open at 6 p.m. and programming begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, registration is preferred.

Inspired by faith in the power of art to open spaces for conversation, community-making, and collective action, the ASJ Program brings Atlanta artists into Emory classrooms to help students translate their learning into creative activism in the name of social justice. Each artist is paired with an Emory faculty member to co-teach an existing course and design a relevant creative project for their students to produce throughout the semester.

A key concern of the ASJ program is connecting Emory students to Atlanta, partnering with Atlanta’s artists to give our students tools to work for change in their communities. Bringing our projects off the Emory campus and into Switchyards Downtown is part of that: connecting students with others in the city we all share.

The event program includes live dance, theatrical skits, musical and spoken word performances. Prior to the performances, attendees are invited to explore multimedia art installations created in collaboration with Emory students, artist fellows, and additional Atlanta-based artists.

The courses and faculty/artist pairings are:

Black Church, Black Music

Dr. Emorja Roberson, Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at Oxford College, with Adán Bean, writer, emcee and spoken word artist

Dance Pedagogy

Lori Teague, Associate Professor of Dance, with Antonio David Lyons, actor, poet, musician, playwright and artivist

Healing Justice is Social Justice: Narrative Medicine

Dr. Khaalisha Ajala, Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine with Meredith Gordon, clown and actor

Immigration as Social and Structural Determinant of Health

Dr. Amy Zeidan, Assistant Professor at Emory School of Medicine with Kelly Taylor Mitchell, artist, Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College

Information Visualization

Dr. Emily Wall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science with W.J. Lofton, poet

Introduction to Native American History

Dr. Loren Michael Mortimer, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American History, with Bird Harris, painter and social practice artist

NRSG 726D DNP Project Development I

Dr. Shawana Moore, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing with Nia Jackson, visual artist

You can support the ASJ Program. One time or monthly d onations can be given at:

‘Find a Fund’: Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program

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