Maria began her work in creating social responsible art during the summer of her sophomore year when she received an Advanced Study Grant to create and manage a two-month theatre camp for children in Ecuador. For two months, she gave poor children in her home country a chance to live their dreams and discover their passions in writing, design, and acting. Maria returned to BC as a junior to continue her studies at Boston College in its first cross-departmental course covering social responsibility and art, Creating Social Activist Images. In that class, she helped launch a campaign to bring awareness of homelessness in Boston through a compelling on-campus art installment.
Maria remains committed to the power of art on social change and believes that through the Center, students and professors from all different areas can come to work and research social responsible topics together. Maria believes Boston College's maxim of "men and women for others" makes it a logical place for this Center’s work to begin.
Tyson Jang is a Studio Art major that has participated in a number of art and social justice related causes on campus. One of those causes was “Just Art” at Boston College, an annual program that gives artists an opportunity to display artwork with messages for social change. Tyson is a leader in his major, and has won awards for his work and contribution to the Arts at BC. Tyson believes art, unlike any other medium, has the ability to stir emotions with images alone. According to Tyson, “Art can take complicated and deep issues, and communicate them at a level that we all can understand and take meaning from.” Tyson believes that the Project for Art and Social Responsibility will be an excellent way to organize all the individuals and groups who already produce socially motivated art. Tyson hopes the Project will help create a larger forum in social justice issues for artists, and help artists create even more extraordinary pieces.
Carly began her work in social activism as a member of BC’s Aids Awareness Committee. As a member, she helped organize the annual Aids Fundraiser Concert featuring BC acapella and dance groups. Carly continued in her work at the Women’s resource center. She directed Eve Ensler’s The Good Body at BC, performed by BC students. Carly believes “it is particularly relevant to the BC community to have a center dealing with the arts and social justice because we deal with social justice on so many levels…the center is absolutely key to finding new and creative ways for students to get more involved for supporting the causes they care about.”
After a transformative experience in Mexico, Allison Boris became interested in using art to make change. While in Mexico, Allison and other BC students collaborated with a grass roots activist group to paint a mural depicting the troubling problem of access to clean water for Mexicans. Allison came back to BC with a drive to do more with art. She joined the PULSE program at BC, and spent the last year running an arts and crafts program for inner city students in Boston. With many Boston public schools cutting their art programs, Allison says the chance her students have at the local Boys and Girls club is the only time they have to unleash their creativity. According to Boris, the art these students do have been able to communicate their problems and give them a release for the stresses they have in their lives. Allison hopes to continue to work closely with the Art and Social Responsibility project as a student committee member. She believes the mission of the project “definitely portrays the ideals of the mission of Boston College.”