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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Colonial Christian Academy Projects

In the summer and fall of 2006, WWBI collaborated with Colonial Christian Academy, a private school in West Columbia that serves underprivileged students from the Columbia and surrounding areas. Graduate assistants and student volunteers facilitated a series of art workshops designed to raise critical consciousness and promote social change. This collaboration resulted in three different community art projects, which are detailed below.

Summer Workshop: This workshop centered on the ways in which youth experience oppression and liberation in their daily lives. This workshop implemented visual arts, theater, and writing as tools to inspire social justice and awareness through artistic means. The ultimate result of the workshop was a mural which celebrated the many different cultures that make up CCA’s student body.

Art Class: The "Creative Arts for What?" class, a collaboration between WWBI and CCA, 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 illuminate how they define themselves and make a difference in their communities. This class was taught by Women's and Gender Studies certificate student, Amanda Reyelt.

Mural Project: At the behest of CCA's school director, a Women's and Gender Studies graduate assistant, Julie Jacobson, designed a mural to be painted by CCA students. The mural incorporated signs and symbols representative of the diverse cultures that make up CCA’s student body and was placed in the school chapel.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.