The Arts + Impact Series celebrates the arts as tools and pathways to inspire civic dialogue and action, amplify social justice initiatives, celebrate cultural heritage, support equity and inclusion initiatives, promote health and wellbeing of communities and cultivate broader environmental and sustainability awareness. Through this series, the university aims to build transformative community relationships, deepen existing relationships and promote healing both on campus and in the WNC community. This series is centered on student engagement, learning and leadership, co-curricular and curricular collaborations, asset based community engagement and racial equity. Students will engage in dialogue and arts movements locally, nationally and internationally.
The Arts + Impact series draws inspiration from the Arts + Social Impact Explorer. Created by Americans for the Arts with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this highly interactive, visual tool was created to help people begin the journey of discovery to deeper understanding of the arts’ long-term social impact. The Arts + Social Impact Explorer draws together top-line research, example projects, core research papers, and service/partner organizations about 26 different sectors, all in an effort to make more visible the incredible, wide-reaching impact of the arts.