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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Colonial Christian Academy Projects

In 2006, WWBI collaborated with Colonial Christian Academy, a school in West Columbia that serves underprivilegeed students from the Greater Columbia area and surrounding communities. Graduate student volunteers held a series of art workshops designed to help students practice art for social change.

Summer Workshop 2006:

WWBI offered a workshop centered on the ways in which youth experience oppression and liberation in their daily lives. The work used the visual arts, theater, and writing as tools to encourag young girls to explore the meanings of oppression and liberation and to think critically about how they can turn negative situations into positive experiences. As part of the class, the students also crated a mural which reflected the school's international theme by representing several different cultures.

Art Class, Fall 2006:

WWBI and CCA held a "Creative Arts for What?" class, which was designed to provide students with the opportunity to creatively express themselves through visual art, theater, writing, speech, and music. The students used their art to make a statement on how they defined themselves in the world and made a difference in their communities by practicing art for social change. The class was taught by Women's and Gender Studies certificate student, Amanda Reyelt.

Mural Project, Fall 2006:

After CCA's school director contacted the WWBI, indicating that the school desired a vibrant mural for the school chapel's wall. Art graduate student Julie Jacobson, designed a mural to be pained by CCA students. Expanding on the chapel's existing international theme, the mural represents several cultures.

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