What is Feminism Now? Art and Activism

Melissa Tombro, Associate Professor, English and Communication Studies Department; Sandra Markus, Professor, Fashion Design; Kim Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Department; Katelyn Burton, Assistant Professor, English and Communication Studies Department, Leslie Blum, Assistant Professor, Communication Design Department

The What is Feminism Now project consisted of regional artists and activists addressing the vitality of work on behalf of women’s, Trans, and queer empowerment through responses to the question, "What is feminism now?" This was an interdisciplinary and inclusive project, with professors from two different schools (Liberal Arts and Art & Design) and four different departments (English and Communication Studies, Fashion Design, Social Sciences, and Communication Design) working with a diverse team of community activists and artists to create a school-wide symposium, series of classroom visits and student open mic.

The collaborators shared their current work with the entire school, students, faculty and staff, in a panel addressing the modern place of feminism in art and activism, allowing students, faculty and staff to engage in dialogues concerning the overlap of art and activism in relation to the complicated historical roots of the term feminism and the various ways it is currently employed in the public sphere.