Joint Arts Program Featured in The Washington Diplomat

The following article by Brendan L. Smith was published by The Washington Diplomat on May 30, 2017.


From Refugees to Russia, Local Artists Wade into Politically Charged Debates

In most news accounts, refugees are just cold numbers calculated in the thousands or millions, not real people with faces, names and life stories ripped asunder by war.

The faces of refugees are emerging from the statistics through the work of artists in the D.C. area and across the world who are protesting injustice on numerous fronts, ranging from the many controversies triggered by the Trump administration to human rights abuses by totalitarian regimes. In a world that seems to be coming apart at the seams, artists are battling war and politics with creativity, joining a long tradition of protest art that has galvanized social movements and at times helped topple governments.


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