Protest, the Arts, and Diversity
Throughout history and the world, the arts have played a very powerful role in protest movements. From the songs sung by slaves on southern plantations to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the La Nueva CanciÃ³n song movement in South America, the anti-war movement of the 60s in the United States, and the rap of the early 21st century, music and the arts have been used to tell stories, encourage and unite followers and to grow diversity in movements.
When we are looking at diversity and inclusion, we can learn to explore the ways in which the arts (music, art, poetry, books, etc.) have been used in protest movements related to a particular social or political issue.
An example of the 1960s:
from the University of Virginia offers a wonderful perspective on the 1960s in the United States, in general, and also a specific section on 1968. The selections address largely the revolutionary literature of the period, but offers a good overview of the social ferment that characterized the period.
Your final exam assignment
Worth 75 points
Due May 1, 2020
Choose any art form (music, art, poetry, books, etc.) and write a one page essay. In your essay:
1. give detailed examples that explain the meaning of the art you have selected,
2. who used it and why, and the effectiveness.
3. by whom was the artwork produced and who was the target.
4. draw conclusions on how the art you selected invites elements of diversity and inclusion.
When we start to consider the different kinds of art, we begin to understand some of the subtle forms of protest that promotes diversity or the lack of diversity in America and around the world.