Arts in Action Club: Social Justice Advocacy Through Art

       If you have seen bright colored artworks around the Hun campus, chances are they were created by the Arts in Action club – a vibrant community of artists from across all grade levels with the shared passions of art and social justice. 

Arts in Action Yearbook Picture 2020-2021
Credit: Marcus Antar

     Although the pandemic has forced most club meetings to take place on zoom, Arts in Action has not  stopped collaborating on physical art projects throughout the school year. These talented artists have discussed current events and ways to bring awareness to these issues.

     Last semester, the club created public banners to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ community. After a display in the Chesebro Hallway, the club sold their artworks in an auction within the Hun community. The proceeds from the auction went to various advocacy organizations in the area.

Art banners in Chesbro Hallway
Credit: Ms.Sims

     The club is currently working on several upcoming projects. They are currently in the process of finishing the painting of a mural on the steps behind the Buck building. They would also like to do something in light of recent anti-Asian violence and racism across the country.  Arts in Action plans to create something to build solidarity and support the AAPI community. Lastly, they want to continue to create outdoor art to decorate the campus and get students working together safely. 

     “It’s really awesome to be around such creative thinkers and artists,” said Marcus Antar ’22, one of the club leaders for Arts in Action. 

     Faculty advisor, Ms. Sims, said that she “is really just making a space available for the students to come up with ideas for collaborative art projects, and then they are the creative minds behind the work.”

     Creating artwork is a great way to leave a visible impact on Hun. If students have personal artworks that they want to share, they can also get constructive feedback from their peers and teachers.

     Please contact club leaders Marcus Antar ‘22, Bjorn Macauley ‘22, Helena Shore ‘24, Ms. Sims, or Mr. Hildreth if you are interested in joining the club and creating meaningful artwork together!