Artivism is a student-run organization based in New Jersey.
The year is 2020, and the population of students wanting to become politically involved is increasing at a steady rate, yet there exists a very limited amount of opportunities for those students to actually participate in politics beyond posting on social media. Artivism is about giving a platform for those voices. We want to create opportunities for students to create real change. We use art to spread awareness, to communicate struggle, and to raise money for issues like education inequality.
MORE ON OUR MISSION
Given the current political climate, it is understandable that more and more young people want to become active players in society rather than idle bystanders.
It is unfortunate that many students feel that they are limited in what they can do and the impact they can have on politics. The disappointing reality is that factors like age and experience are often used against us. Many students want to help but aren't sure what they can do to make a difference.
Often times, politics is examined through the lens of academia. When people say "politics", the first thing that comes to mind is books and papers and bills. However, art is underestimated in terms of its influence on politics and its unique ability to reflect the attitudes of the people towards their current political climate.
Through art, we are hoping to raise awareness, educate others, and bring people together in a time where our country stands so divided and politics has become so polarized. By selling art and hosting fundraisers, we will raise money that will be directly implemented to help those adversely affected by issues like education inequality and more.
The Arts for Education Project
This summer, Artivism is focused on the issue of education inequality. Differences in access to and quality of education have a significant impact on a student's future, and the lack of a basic education is one of the leading causes of poverty. Studies have shown that black and Latino students are disproportionately impacted by education inequality due to their zip codes.
This is what Artivism has been doing this summer:
1. Raising awareness about this issue through our showcases.
2. Offering arts and academic summer lessons to students in the Trenton area through the "Talleres de Veranos" summer program.
3. Donating the proceeds of our ticket sales and art sales towards the students and adults of the Trenton community via LALDEF's education sector.
Many of these students' families have been heavily impacted by the Corona virus, with unemployment and limited internet access being the two main effects. This summer, Artivism has partnered with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) to help those in our community who are suffering.
BECOME A WORKSHOP TEACHER!
During the school year, Artivism will be collaborating with the Hedgepeth Williams Middle School of the Arts. We will be providing arts workshops and academic tutoring through Zoom.
If you're interested in volunteering to be a workshop teacher, please go to the Contact Us page and fill out the form. We will provide you with application materials!