Virtual Tuesday Programs: Landscapes of Protest
Landscapes of Protest: Demanding Social Justice and Equality
through Anti-Racist Street Art in the Twin Cities
Presented by: Dr. Heather Shirey, and student research team Tiaryn Daniels,
Hannah Shogren-Smith, and Chioma Uwagwu
Since May 25 2020, George Floyd's death at the hands of the Minneapolis police has sparked civil uprisings and a powerful call for change. In the context of this intense crisis, street art transforms urban space and fosters a sustained political dialogue that reaches a wide audience, as can be seen in art in the Twin Cities and indeed throughout the world. The Urban Art Mapping Research Team at the University of St. Thomas is documenting and analyzing examples of street art from around the world that have emerged in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd as part of an ongoing movement demanding social justice and equality. This is an multi-racial, multi-generational, and interdisciplinary project that draws on the our knowledge of art history, communication studies, political science, cultural studies, spatial analysis, and more.
Dr. Heather Shirey is a Professor of Art History at the University of St. Thomas. Chioma Uwagwu is a 2020 alumna of the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Communication Studies and American Culture & Difference. Hannah Shogren-Smith also graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2020, earning degrees in Art History, Catholic Studies, and Museum Studies. Tiaryn Daniels is a senior at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Political Science.
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