ASFA-CW’s Ashley M. Jones is partnering with UAB Art & Art History professor Doug Baulos on a project investigating the language of peace and hope. In conjunction with the 2017 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference, an international gathering of academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists that will be held later this month on the UAB campus, Doug is curating an exhibit entitled “RE/Present Peace.”
Having worked with ASFA-CW in the past on our 3-D Poetry Initiative, Doug knew this was a project that would not only pique our students’ interest but tap into their multiple talents. To that end, he visited with us this past Thursday and asked ASFA-CW students and faculty to use visual and textual elements—namely, the tools of printmaking, typography, drawing, and poetics—to investigate themes of peace and social justice.
The work we created will be included with that of the conference attendees and then showcased at the exhibit opening on October 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Project Space in the UAB Humanities Building. Ashley coordinated Doug’s ASFA visit and will also give a poetry reading and lead discussion on these themes at the exhibit opening. The event/reception is free and open to the public—so come on out and “RE/present Peace” while supporting ASFA-CW’s growing arts-activism and community-building efforts!
But wait, there’s more! To offer some further insight about the event and the issues surrounding it, Ashley took some time to answer a few questions about her involvement with the PJSA and her thoughts on the role of the arts in social justice initiatives. Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading