Arts and Social Justice Fellows Present Culminating Projects This Sunday at AMP by Strathmore

by Patrick Herron

Per Strathmore:
(NORTH BETHESDA, MD)- On Sunday, July 31 at 4 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, members of the inaugural class of the Arts & Social Justice Fellowship will present their culminating multi-media projects at the Inaugural Student Project Showcase.

Created in conjunction with Strathmore and Woolly Mammoth’s co-presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, the fellowship engaged eight high school fellows in six months of study, discussions, and creation at the intersection of arts and social change.

Their research and reflection covered Butler’s Parable novels, as well as many other works and creators including Audre Lorde, Sonic Youth, Terence Trent D’Arby, Danez Smith, Robin DiAngelo, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, the film “Sorry to Bother You,” the TV show “American Gods,” and more.

“We are thrilled to work alongside these brilliant and passionate young artist-activists to shine a light on their artistic responses to the issues in their community,” said Lauren Campbell, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement.

The program explores themes spanning from climate justice to human rights at the southern US border to untold Black history and beyond. Projects include visual art, portions of original plays and music, multi-media installations, and more. Fellows will also discuss their designs and visions for future work in artistry and activism.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Dr. Allen A.B. Herman Fund.


Student presentations:

Student Name





Climate change/environmental racism in DC




Visual art pieces (paintings, drawings, collage, and written excerpts)


Ignored elements in Black American history


Poem zine and short play Mental health, immigration, assimilation, sexual assault, female-centric


Multi-media art installation


Mass shootings and gun control


Multi-media art Human rights issues occurring at the Southern border
EMILY LIU Multi-media performance – violin, narration and visuals


Climate change


ALLISON SWEENEY Mini play Voting rights and feminism
CORVID THOMAS Comics and musical performance Black and Queer Identity, healing and processing

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