The MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice focuses on the intersection of art and activism. Specifically, it explores art in social change and the application of art as a change agent.
The Faculty Director of our MFA degree is artist, organizer, educator, and popular public speaker, Patrisse Cullors, Los Angeles native and Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of grassroots Los Angeles based organization Dignity and Power Now.
Patrisse designed the degree to utilize art as a way to positively effectively respond to social and environmental problems in ways that inspire and mobilize community-based solutions.
In 2013, Patrisse co-founded the global movement with the viral Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter which has since grown to an international organization with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism. In January 2016 Patrisse Cullors published her memoir, "When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir." Her memoir became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
Unlike traditional MFA programs in which students concentrate on a specific medium, form, or discipline, the interdisciplinary MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice centers concept, purpose and intentional engagement with community over specific disciplines or media. A student entering into the interdisciplinary MFA in Social and Environmental Arts Practice might combine multiple disciplines and media, or work within a single discipline or media focused within the frame of social practice theory.