The University of Arizona
Studios are relevant to all the arts disciplines in Arizona Arts. They are spaces of risk-taking, trying new things, and reflection-in-action. Racial justice is at the heart of this particular studio. The Racial Justice Studio will promote deep understanding of racism and anti-racism centering on creative practice.
Who We Are
Racial Justice Studio seeks to amplify the work of Arizona Arts scholars, artists, and educators for whom anti-racism is a core tenet embedded in their professional and personal lives, while also partnering with stakeholders, advocates, and activists beyond the UA campus. It was conceived and founded by Chelsea Farrar, Amelia (Amy) Kraehe, and gloria j. wilson to …
- Promote deep understanding of racism and production of anti-racist knowledge through creative practice and arts research broadly conceived;
- Provide transformative learning opportunities and community engagement that build race-consciousness in and through the arts; and
- Build connections, compassion, and co-conspiratorship among students, faculty, departments, initiatives, centers, and institutes within and beyond the Arizona Arts that share a commitment to anti-racism.
Five principles for engagement will support the work of the Racial Justice Studio as pillars.
- The principle of endemic anti-blackness is a commitment to centering race, anti-black racism, and the relationship between the arts and white supremacy rooted in anti-blackness.
- The principle of justice as process recognizes that racial justice is not an endpoint, but instead is a life-long process carried out in innumerable everyday actions and decisions.
- The principle of non-exploitation means that we will not ask BIPOC people to do work without compensating them equitably for their labor.
- The principle of accountability requires that racial justice be linked to outcomes and impact, not good will or best intentions.
- The principle of timelessness holds that racism is endemic, enduring, and evolving and, thus, rejects any treatment of racism as “timely” or “on trend.”
Dr. Amelia Kraehe
Dr. Amelia (Amy) Kraehe facilitating discussion with works of art by Frohawk Two Feathers at the exhibition, “What is the Color, When Black is Burned? The Gold War. Part 1” at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Photo: Angel Sanchez
Dr. gloria j. wilson
Dr. gloria j. wilson installing “Blackademic,” her artwork featured in the 2019 Faculty Exhibition. From her artist statement, “In 2016, I made a doctoral gown as a response and metaphor to describe the intersections of my racial-ized and academic identity within a tenure-track faculty position.”