Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

An event series that brings to light how the arts can redress inequities, reflect the voices of all and push society forward.

The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art.

This initiative builds upon the ideas in the book Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning from Maxine Greene.

Fall 2021 poster designed by Raphaella Marie Borrero Naula, student at UTPL of Loja, Ecuador. Read Raphaella Marie Borrero Naula’s comments.


The vision of Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation is to generate a movement with committed social artivists in response to historic global unrest. Artivism aims to generate community through multi-disciplinary teamwork for a more dignified and meaningful coexistence, however you define these terms. The goal of this initiative is to nurture confidence in taking continuous action from wherever you are by means of reciprocity.

Series presented by Stephanie Lake, PhD, director of Adelphi’s criminal justice program, Department of Sociology, Jennifer Govan, Library Director and Senior Librarian, Teachers College, Columbia University and Sing for Hope.

Gottesman Libraries: Teachers College Columbia UniversitySing for Hope Logo

Date & Time: March 28 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Virtual

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  • Kellsee Lynch, Dance major
  • Erin McElhone, Dance major, Business minor, Honors College
  • Nicole Fabian Pena, Criminal Justice and Psychology Major, Forensic Anthropology minor
  • Nurjahan Khan, Studio Art major, Music minor. Better known as Asha, she is an Adelphi graduate (2021) with a BFA in studio art and minors in art history and music. Having been interested in many different art forms from a young age, it has been a privilege to serve as a student ambassador for Adelphi’s Artivism initiative which has brought together so many different art forms and goals. As a musician and artist, being able to meet and chat with Sing for Hope co-founders Monica Yunus and Camilla Zamora was incredibly inspirational and motivating. She hopes to see the Artivism initiative continue to grow, expand, and improve at Adelphi going forward.
  • Melanie Rosa Chaves, Communication Science and Disorders and Spanish Major, Levermore Global Scholar
  • Rowan McKiernan, Criminal Justice major. From being an ambassador I learned about the beauty of film and about a culture I was not previously familiar with. I had never thought about culture inequality in film however, being an ambassador I learned more than I could have hoped for. Speaking up, even when it is scary, is so important because some people who feel the same way may not have a voice like some others do. With injustice, inequality, and inequity being so pertinent in our society today, it’s important to speak up. I found a home, a safety net, and a voice in poetry, and I am extremely blessed to have been given the opportunity to showcase that as an ambassador.
  • Maria Chimarios, Biology Major. While preparing for graduation this fall (2021), and applying to medical school, I was in search of a unique and stimulating experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as a student ambassador for Dr. Alexander Sorokin. His initiative and strive for the inclusion and safety of individuals with autism, dementia and other neurosensory challenges inspires me to further advocate for social change. We should all model Dr. Sorokins’ desire to make the world a more inclusive place. I know his expertise and motivation will propel the Artivism Initiative at Adelphi University to accomplish amazing things. I am very excited to be a part of this as well as serving on the committee creating and Artivism Student Organization at Adelphi University. Even though I won’t be able to see the full potential the Artivism Organization will reach during my time at Adelphi, the instinctual drive to advocate for inclusion will remain with me in my next steps as a medical student.
  • Iván Chinchilla Dannenberger, is a musician and cultural promoter in the project Sinfónica Municipal de Desamparados, where he organizes concerts and activities for communities in the city of Desamparados, Costa Rica. With the Sinfónica Municipal de Desamparados, he has promoted the performance of Costa Rican music in its community concerts, where access to music and art is difficult to have. This year he has joined forces with the Archivo Histórico Musical of the University of Costa Rica for the reading, study, and edition of the work El Duelo de la Patria, which is an iconic national work.
    During seven years, the Archivo Historico Musical developed this edition and research project, starting its study from the oldest knowable source (1894). From 1894 through the twentieth century, a rigorous study was made to yield this new critical score. The project seeks from the social-action perspective to approach and collaborate with communities. Sinfónica Municipal de Desamparados, as a project that has a communal function in the promotion of Costa Rican music around the country and counts with the support of the Office of Culture of Desamparados and the Municipality of Desamparados, is a key point for reading, recording, and publishing the study. Chinchilla is currently a student of saxophone performance at the University of Costa Rica in the studio of Dr. Javier Valerio Hernández. As a teacher, during his career as a musician and performer, Chinchilla has promoted the performance of Latin American and Costa Rican repertoire, being his main focus.He is currently part of the Big Band of Costa Rica, Banda Municipal de Aserrí, Sinfónica Municipal de Desamparados, and the saxophone quartet SaxSerí. With the Saxophone Ensemble of the University of Costa Rica, he has performed at the XIII Encuentro Universitario de Saxofón in México and the II Festival Internacional de Saxofón Bellas Artes Cali in Colombia with the saxophone quintet Batsu, a group which worked on the rescue and promotion of Costa Rican music.He has also performed in international tours with Costa Rican groups such as La Milixia and República Fortuna. He has been a member of the Tico Jazz Band, Symphonic Band of the University of Costa Rica, among others. Besides his work as a performer, Chinchilla works as a teacher in different music schools in his community.
  • Kat Beatty, Communications and Criminal Justice major

  • Anna Mouras,Art major
  • Olivia Maybee, Studio Art major
  • Holly Soloman, Studio Art major
  • Tamar Bernstein, Studio Art major
  • Gwyneth Fernandez
  • Kaytlynn Pagan, Criminal Justice major
  • Catherine Salcedo, International Studies
  • Charles Herman, is a Second Semester Junior majoring in Criminal Justice, focusing on Social Justice. In Independent Studies with Dr. Stephanie Lake, he has focused his attention on race-related topics, including policing practices in the African-American community. One such study examined the existing research on whether BIPOC individuals were more likely than others to be searched for illegal drugs, despite the fact that whites are more likely to have drugs on their person during police stops.   Charles also examined the judicial ruling on NYC’s Stop and Frisk program in the early 2000’s, as well as the implications of this ruling for the tactic in other cities.   In another example of his research, Charles explored why BIPOC students are suspended at higher rates than White students, and how in predominantly BIPOC schools, disciplinary policies are far harsher than than for schools with primarily white students. He hopes that his research, presented last spring at Adelphi’s Research Conference, sheds light on these critical issues and creates real, meaningful change. Upon graduating, he hopes to work at a non-profit to advance the cause of equality and justice FOR ALL people. Charles is also the President of the Criminal Justice Club and has previously served as its Vice President. He also is a member of the Environmental Action Coalition, where he explores the issue of environmental racism and how to address it.
  • Faith Coleman, is a junior currently majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Coleman has a passion for dance and works as a professional dancer, performing in various venues. Very soon, Ms. Coleman will be working with the non-for-profit organization Felicia’s Promise, sharing her passion for dance to inspire young women and someday create her own initiative with the hope to inspire the much-needed change in society.
  • Jenna Masci, is a Sophomore Criminal Justice major and a Spanish Minor. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Club on campus. Jenna will also be working with students from the Bridges Program at Adelphi University.
  • Helayna Ortiz, is a biology major and studio art minor at Adelphi University, currently in her senior year and in the middle of the applications process for dental school. Her interest in art sparked her career choice due to the tactile nature of the dental industry, and she feels as though that pairs well with goals that unify creativity and inclusiveness. “I was thrilled to learn about the objective of Artivism, which reflects these goals and become part of it myself. I think social change applies to most, if not all, aspects of life and particularly healthcare which I am eager to take part in eventually. This makes it so special to have the opportunity to engage with individuals who have done such amazing work in their respect. It is very inspiring to learn of these projects before incorporating these goals on my path at such a high caliber. I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a Student Ambassador for Eirini Linardaki, who stands as a model for what I aspire to accomplish throughout my journey geared toward equality and community progress.”
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