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Proposal

Promoting Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Through Art

30 hours


Community partner: Family Support Center
Supervisor: Erica S
Beginning date:
2022-09-06
Ending Date:
2022-12-22

Service-Learning Proposal Description

1.

Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer This project is part of Family Support Center’s ongoing anti-racist and inclusive efforts to ensure that all communities and individuals affected by violence can reach out for help and feel represented in doing so. Students will be creating a piece of inclusive, diverse artwork to be displayed at one of our Family Support Center office buildings. To maintain our active focus on communities of color in our anti-racism efforts, this project will prioritize students of color. Students can utilize any means/mode/materials they prefer, such as watercolor or oils, but it must be created on a canvas or page in order to display on a wall. There are no size limits or requirements. Students will need to use their own medium materials for this project, though if utilizing a canvas, the canvas may be provided by FSC depending on size and cost. This is our second year of offering this service learning project, so we hope to continue to grow and fill our offices with representation in our artwork! Our goal for this Service Learning Project is to promote diverse artists and to be able to showcase their art in ways that build comfort and inclusivity with program participants that come into our building and utilize our services. It is incredibly important for our participants’ faces, their lives, and their beliefs to be reflected. Marginalized communities need to be represented as a part of everyday lives, so it is equally important that people who are not part of those communities also see people of other backgrounds. This helps build a community of acceptance rather than tolerance. This is how we start to dismantle racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, hate, and prejudice. This is also how we continue to strive for our agency’s service demographics to match those of our area. Historically and currently, the voices of Black women, Indigenous women, other women of color, and those of all genders with multiple marginalized identities, which shaped the very beliefs that drive our antiviolence work today, have been co-opted and silenced. We wish to raise their collective voices and no longer allow silence and exclusion. Acknowledging that our community is comprised of a variety of individuals of differing abilities, religions, races, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities, and intersections of these various identities through the use of art is one tangible way to show our community that they are welcome here. They are accepted. They matter. Their identities matter and they deserve to be included in the items we have on display throughout our offices.

2.

What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer Family Support Center empowers all individuals, families, and communities to live free from domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and interpersonal violence through education, prevention, and intervention. As an anti-violence organization, we understand that interpersonal violence and institutional violence are interconnected. We cannot respond only to people’s experiences of interpersonal violence without responding to broader systems of oppression. Both interpersonal and institutional forms of violence are rooted in intersectional and systemic structures of power and control.

3.

What skills are required for this project? 

Answer We are specifically looking to work with a student of color on this project, as it is necessary to center the voices of marginalized communities that we wish to uplift. An Art major/minor or someone working within/with the Art Department is preferred, though not necessary if the skillset to create an art piece is there. Medium is up to the student, though something that can be created on a canvas and hung up as wall art is preferred, as we don’t have much extra space for standing statues, clay pieces, etc.

4.

What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer The objectives for this project include: - Creating community connection between students and local community organizations like Family Support Center. - Student will become familiar with FSC as a local community agency, including learning about our services, mission, anti-violence work, and anti-racism initiatives. - To relay the themes, encouragement, and emotional perspective of anti-violence and anti-racism work into a piece of art for FSC participants to see. - To promote representation and anti-racism work at the individual and local level. - To promote self-expression and self-love in a time of active racism and exclusion by centering marginalized voices, art, and perspectives.

5.

What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer Students can complete work on their own time, though should speak with Erica at Family Support Center during the hours of 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and their University supervisor at periodic intervals to discuss ideas, thoughts, plans, and progress. Students are also free to come to the main office in Chippewa Falls to access space and lighting if needed! Students will meet with other staff at FSC to get a feel for the agency, mission, and the work that we do at the beginning of the project timeframe. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

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Additional information (not required).

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