Artistic Expression: What value does art have in social justice movements?


by : 
Rebecca H.


Contemporary society faces many complex and interconnected challenges that appear to defy resolution. Despite ongoing debates regarding strategies for achieving social justice, including the efficacy of bureaucratic versus protest measures and the relative merits of donating versus taking action, progress remains slow, particularly in addressing pressing issues such as police brutality and voter suppression. While discussions often neglect the potential role of artistic expression in these movements, its benefits for advancing social progress and supporting victims of injustice are noteworthy. Throughout history, art has been used to mobilize support, combat injustice, and facilitate healing. Nonetheless, the formal prioritization of art is often viewed with cultural disdain. A comprehensive study investigating the potential benefits of art in social justice movements could increase public support for the arts.