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The Social Role of Art

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 21st Century marks a new era for the arts, a hyper-social era. Thanks to the growth of technology, human beings are more connected than ever; news concerning global events is literally at the fingertips of all sorts of people from different backgrounds, communities and viewpoints, and involve all aspects of society including visual arts. This evening’s colloquium, The Social Role of Art, asks the questions: How does art play an active role in ameliorating social issues? And in what ways can visual art and culture take part in everyday society?

To answer these points, Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman have invited two New York based non-profits, Art Space Sanctuary and Young New Yorkers, to speak to NYU’s VAA students. Both organizations use the visual arts in very different ways to combat today’s most important socio-political issues and allow us to see how they impact our local communities, and beyond, firsthand. Since our shared humanity is more apparent than ever, we hope this colloquium will help us to uncover how art can play a role in changing the world. Organized by Paulina Fuentes and Briana Zimmerman, NYU Visual Arts Administration MA Students (2020 and 2019 respectively).


February 22
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


NYU Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions


Einstein Auditorium
34 Stuyvesant St
New York, NY 10003 United States
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