We start 2018 with an art series because “art is essential to social justice resistance, education, expression, and so much more,” says #SaturdaySchool founder @profRagsdale. Artists have adapted a special role in modern society that is grounded in imagination and creativity. Imagination is the central ingredient of learning and social change. Through art, we imagine what lies beyond the perimeters of the practical and even the possible. Howard Zinn’s “Artists in Times of War” imagines the artist’s role in society not as it is but as it could be. Zinn suggests that artists, rather than avoiding the politics of social change, should accept a burden of responsibility for their role in social justice. This week’s teach-in explores how artists are changing the world and asks questions about how artists can be empowered to do more.
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