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Engaged Art Walk: Social Justice thru the Arts Celebration: Mural unveiling and virtual Artist talk by Rose Jaffe

    • “We are the next generation of voices. We are the future, we are change, we are hope, we are power and intelligence. We came into this program as strangers, and we will leave it not only as friends, but accomplished artists.” – Participants in the 2018 Social Justice Thru the Arts experience

      The virtual artist talk by Rose Jaffe and mural unveiling will be presented in collaboration with Alliance Partnership, College of Liberal Arts, Women Studies and Gender Research, CSU Dance, and the Department of Art and Art History on Thursday, September 30th, from 4:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Building at 551 W. Pitkin Street, Colorado State University Campus.

      The Social Justice thru the Arts (SJTA) Summer Institute 2018 brought students from Alliance high schools to campus for a week to learn about issues of gender equity, belonging, access, and justice through hands-on learning with CSU faculty, CSU student mentors, and renowned mural artist Rose Jaffe.

      The mural Holding Space found a new home in the Visual Arts Building on CSU Campus as part as the Engaged Art Walk Initiative, an arts-based community building project and an outdoor exhibition space that features rotating installations that integrate art, society, and education. Located on the north side of CSU's Visual Art building, the Arts Walk is a visible space for activating CSU’s Principles of Community, as well as the Art Department educational and outreach missions.

      Rose Jaffe, the featured artist from the 2018 edition of SJTA will be giving a virtual artist talk and share her experience working with the Alliance students for an entire week at CSU. Rose Jaffe is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital illustration. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, Rose loves calling Washington, D.C. home. She earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and has pursued an art career full-time after teaching middle and high school art in the city. She has painted over 30 murals nationally and internationally, including over 20 in D.C. Her art has been featured in over twelve publications, including the Washington Post and City Paper as well as NBC, CNN, and Channel 9 among others. The themes of her work include political activism, social justice, natural healing, and spiritual grounding. Her work is vibrant, colorful, and often playful. She is dedicated to the work of harnessing the power of art to find connections, build community, spark conversation, and create social change.