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Re-Performing Famous Works: Art for Social Change

The best way to learn about famous art is by recreating it yourself. That is exactly what my HECUA Art for Social Change classmates and I did on two recent Thursdays. Our class visited the Weisman Art Museum to workshop and perform different art performances created by incredibly well-known artists around the world. Read More »

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HECUA faculty news release

Introducing Art for Social Change Program Director Marcus Young!

The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), a Minnesota-based consortium of 25 colleges and universities, is thrilled to announce that behavioral and social practice artist Marcus Young will join the HECUA USA teaching team as director of the Art for Social Change program. Read More »


Alumni Profile

Krista Pearson, Art for Social Change

When she found HECUA’s programs listed in her course catalog, something clicked. “I thought – this is it! The City Arts experience was the intersection of the hopeful artist and the administrator. It really fit.” HECUA’s emphasis on experiential, hands-on education made intuitive sense to Krista, and the program’s interdisciplinary focus encouraged her to draw connections between her wide-ranging interests. Read More »

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HECUA classrooms

Ask me about my genitals: an experiment in vulnerability, openness, and discomfort

I created a public space to speak about my experience as a trans person in society. I was interested in finding out what assumptions people make about my gender, so I asked people to draw what they think is between my legs. In return, I answered any questions that they had about my identity or experience with gender. Read More »


Study USA

Art for Social Change: Radical Vulnerability

Four weeks of planning, work, and final tweaks later, and twelve installation pieces created by students were installed on every floor of Pillsbury House + Theatre’s four story building. Community members, families, friends, and professors walked slowly through the space, soaking in the exhibits. Read More »


Art for Social Change and Inequality in America programs begin

Twin Cities programs Art for Social Change and Inequality in America begin Read More »

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Alumni Profile Study USA

HECUA student becomes HECUA supervisor – Liz and Rosa’s story

Rosa’s supervisor at Open Eye is a HECUA alumna, Liz Schachterle. About 75 per cent of HECUA alums tell us that their time in off-campus study helps them find a job post graduation, and that’s certainly true of Liz. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

Dancing past the fear of failure – Art for Social Change

When I started dancing I had no confidence in my dancing ability. I almost didn’t sign up because I figured that I was a lost cause. Today, it is one of my favorite creative outlets and sources of confidence. Read More »

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Student Blogger Study USA

The effort behind the art – Ashley’s story

Not only has it been exciting to watch artists work on these enamel pieces, I’ve learned how to prep plates for them. I grind sheets of metal down and cover them with base layers of enamel to get the plates ready for artists to work on them. This process has given me insight into the amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into a project of this caliber and scale. Read More »

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Student Blogger

A letter to my white friend – Marc’s story

For my Art for Social Change class, we read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and we were asked to write a response to it. I wanted to invite my white friends to read the book so they can educate themselves and read about a perspective different than their own. Read More »

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