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About the Arts and Social Responsibility Project

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The Arts and Social Responsibility Project was established in 2009 to build upon the student’s passion for all types of art and performance in combination with social responsibility to create engaging new projects, lectures and coursework.

Socially responsible artistic endeavors are not new to Boston College. For years students and faculty have produced artistic events across campus on social justice themes including documentary films, art exhibitions, musical concerts and educational theatrical productions bringing current social issues to the forefront of academic dialogues. ASRP will serve a critical role in bringing recognition to current artistic projects as well as supporting the creation of new initiatives. Our approach is to build bridges and seek collaborations with all academic departments, centers and the community surrounding Boston College.

ASRP addresses student formation through applicable projects, coursework, lectures and community outreach with a significant emphasis on project based learning and reflection. We support student art and performance projects that will educate or encourage the public to take action for socially responsible causes. We sponsor scholarly discussions as a reflection and evaluation of our artistic work. We encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary student projects including those that reach beyond the walls of Boston College. We invite artists and other scholars to our campus as inspiration for creative new initiatives and welcome multicultural arts performances and exhibits to bring awareness and understanding of other cultures and all forms of diversity. Respect, intelligence and compassion are essential ingredients for all of our initiatives.

ASRP functions on the belief that every person has the capacity and responsibility to make positive social change. Through ongoing dialogues with the students and faculty, we will continue imagining creative new initiatives, empowering students to develop and practice their passion for the arts as a means to become ‘men and women for others’.

Explore our web site and learn about our projects, past and present, or how you may become involved.

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference."

—Elie Wiesel (Writer. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986.)