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Fall 2021 Newsletter: The Art Department launches its new MFA in Environmental Art + Social Practice

The Art Department launches its new MFA in Environmental Art + Social Practice

Photo taken during research trip for Restauro: environmental sculpture (2016), by Jorgge Menna Barreto, while visiting the settlements of the Landless People Movement in Brazil. Photo: Joélson Buggilla

First EASP cohort (from top left: David Bell, Annika Berry, Ant Lorenzo, Doug (Lowen) Hatano, L. Gilbert, Natalie Zajac, Peter Brook, Isola Tong 

We are thrilled to welcome our first cohort of eight extraordinary graduate students to the new Environmental Art and Social practice (EASP) MFA program. In collaboration with these and future students, and with other practitioners, local and international, both inside and outside the university, we are growing an exciting community to practice and learn together. The EASP program has been in the works for many years, and has become a reality at a moment when public awareness of ongoing ecological and social injustices is particularly high – due in part to recently energized movements for racial justice, the irrefutable evidence of extreme weather and the social effects associated with climate crises, and the COVID pandemic. We recognize the long history of these struggles and concerns and the critical role that arts practices of all kinds can continue to play in inventing new approaches to understanding and addressing issues that matter. It has been an enormous privilege to meet and begin to work with our new cohort. Stay tuned for updates on the first quarter of the program in our next newsletter!

Links to cohort bio pages of cohort and instagram (@artmfa_ucsc) 

The Admissions portal is now open! The deadline for applications is February 1, 2022. We had our first Virtual info Session on October 12, and will have two more: November 15, from 12 noon to 2 pm, and January 7, 4 – 6 pm, PST. Please RSVP on our website

For more information about our program go to About UCSC EASP Art MFA Graduate Program

For more information about applying go to UCSC EASP Art MFA Apply

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