February 15: Artist-Citizens

What role does the 21st-century artist play in a multi-racial, multicultural, multi-ethnic democracy? How might artists be engaged citizens and agents of meaningful social change in today’s world? 

At Luther there are many students, faculty, and staff for whom creative practice, whether vocational or avocational, is an integral part of their daily lives and central to the values they hold dear. Our students, in particular, are craving ways to connect the things they are passionate about with ways to make positive contributions to their world. Systemic racism, climate change, political polarization: these realities lend a palpable relevance to campus-wide engagement with questions of what society might expect and need from the 21st-century artist-citizen.

The CEPE is sponsoring two forums this spring that will explore these interrelated questions about the artist-citizen’s role in society.