Drawing on community organizing strategies and artistic activism, students are directly involved in putting ideas generated with the community into practice. This hands-on approach leads to a capstone project, which provides an opportunity to design and implement a community-based art project that allows for social transformation. Fall 2014 was the first year for this innovative master’s program, which explores the intersections between contemporary artistic practice, educational theory, and social activism.

Here are some of the projects we have undertaken so far:

The History of Housing Activism in the Lower East Side poster emerged from a conversation with the GOLES Director, Damaris Reyes. GOLES is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977 and are dedicated to tenants’ rights, homelessness prevention, economic development, and community revitalization. They are asked to conduct tours of the Lower East Side in relation to housing activism and preservation. The Lower East Side in New York City has long been a hub for activism. Research and documentation of the history of housing activism in the Lower East Side was conducted by graduate students in Fall of 2016 as a part of a class taught by Dipti Desai. The students did archival research for this project.

Collaborators: Daniella Brockl, Emily Bruh, Violeta Castellanos, Joanie Choremi, Daniela Mekler, Brenda Hung, Vicente Cueto, Brett Davidson, Jimena Evia, Bianca Houle, Morgan Kelly, Mie Krogh, Jayanthi Moorty, Robin Priess, Marianna Suchodolski, and Dipti Desai and Graduate Assistant Jacqueline Aiosa.

Poster Design by Daniela Mekler.

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Click here for more information: Whiteness is… : A Public Intervention, Fall 2016


Click here for more information: Mural Life in the Lower East Side, Fall 2015


Click here for more information: Invisible Storybook, 2016

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Click here for more information: Countering Homophobic Policing in the UK: Federico Hewson

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Click here for more information: Define Immigrant: A Public Intervention, Fall 2015

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Click here for more information: Private/Public, A Reproductive Justice Intervention, Fall 2014


Click here for more information: Mini Climate March, Lower East Side, Fall 2014


Click here for more information: Toolkit for Social Practice Art, A Tactical Intervention, Fall 2014


Click here for more information: Developing ‘La Sala’ – A Community Event Space and Art Gallery at GOLES, Fall 2014

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