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Archive for June, 2020

School of Art Statement to recent events

Posted on June 23, 2020 by School of Art

We have now crossed the threshold of over 110,000 deaths in the United States and 400,000 deaths worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to extend our condolences to our students, staff and faculty who have, or will, face the tragic nature of this disease – either with family members, friends, or co-workers. This crisis and the steps we’ve had to take as a society to mitigate its impacts have disrupted family and work life. They have also dramatically impacted the educational experiences of all of you, and have further affected you and other participants in our learning community via loss of employment and income, intensified food and housing insecurity, tolls taken on both physical and mental health, isolation and separation from places and networks of support, difficulties in accessing resources and services, and a variety of other stresses on families and communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic also has further exposed, via the grossly disproportionate numbers of deaths among people of color, the intersection of systematic racism and public health. This has coincided with a nationwide upwelling of protest brought to the forefront by the Black Lives Matter movement and driven by the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, David McAtee, and Breonna Taylor, among so many other Black Lives lost at the hands of law enforcement, vigilantes, and murderous groups and individuals, making all too clear that we also are at the breaking point of a crisis that has been building for a very long time at the intersection of systematic and societally ingrained racism, policing, violence, authoritarianism, incarceration, and the management and distribution of resources and services in communities across our country… [for complete statement or campus resources, please click links below.]

CSULB Students respond to Covid-19: Photovoice Project 2020

Posted on June 23, 2020 by School of Art

photvoice projectStudents Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Photovoice Project was created to give voice to a generation of students who, while navigating what in normal times would be the most transformative years of their lives, confront an even greater challenge in economic and social upheaval brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Organized by CSULB’s Dr. Brian Trimble, Assistant Professor in the School of Art, and Dr. Beth Manke, Interim Dean for Student Success, the project offers students a creative opportunity to reflect upon and document, through photographs and narratives, how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them, their families, and their communities.  Based on a method developed in the 1990s for community-based participatory research, this Photovoice project has the potential to create awareness and initiate change.  The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum is hosting online gallery space for the students’ work, which will be updated biweekly with new entries through the fall 2020 semester. The wide range of responses thus far, both positive and negative, shows how profoundly students have been affected. One of the researchers’ goals is that students’ photos and narratives will also inform campus discussions about how best to support students during crises.