The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is raising its students’ level of social-identity engagement through its Inclusion Infusion Initiative. Through the $100,000 initiative, faculty and students have proposed programs to bring to campus artists, performers and scholars whose work is a catalyst for dialogue about diverse aspects of identity — such as culture, class, race, gender, sexuality and religion.
Inclusion Infusion was developed in response to students’ interests in how current and historical social issues have been variously experienced and interpreted. It’s also meant to expose students to ways that the arts expand our awareness of diversity, celebrate a multitude of identities, and challenge us to redress inequities.
“The overarching objective has been to create an environment where issues of diversity and inclusion are a regular topic of conversation, at the forefront of people’s minds rather than something at the margins,” said James Frazier, Ed.D., interim dean of the School of the Arts.
Among the 16 proposals that have been selected for funding, a range of topics will be explored, including race and representation, sexual identity and creative practice, artmaking and social change, violence and reconciliation, virtual reality and empathy, and cultural tradition and gendered identity.
You can find more events on the VCUarts calendar; for all Inclusion Infusion events, search “Inclusion.”
To read more, visit the VCU News article.
Above image: Becoming an Image Performance Still No.1, (Edgy Woman Festival, Montreal), 2013. Photo: Cassils and Alejandro Santiago. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.