Art for Change

Use the following videos to learn about how artists are making a difference in their communities. Whether making murals to inform communities about the importance of a clean planet, or learning how to make your own political art, this collection can be used in your classroom to help your students learn how to use art for change.

  • Art + Activism with Sanaz Mazinani | KQED Art School

    Sanaz Mazinani is an artist with a background in political activism who uses art to inspire dialogue about perceptions of cultural identity. In the latest episode of Art School, she describes her current art practice. Using online media focusing on world news and pop culture as her source material, she creates symmetrical photo collages and videos that abstract familiar images and invite viewers to reconsider visual culture and its meaning and influence on public opinion and social justice.

    In the second video Mazinani expands on the intention of traditional of Islamic ornamentation. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Five Steps to Make Your Own Political Art | KQED Art School

    For hundreds of years, artists have used their work to spread messages about important issues. Eye-catching artworks can help start a dialogue about social justice, as well as raise awareness for political candidates, activists, and others who see room for improvement in their community and beyond. Our newest video details a formula for making political art in five easy steps by offering examples of successful projects from high profile artists Banksy, Corita Kent, Emory Douglas, Ai Wei Wei, Shepard Fairey and Barbara Kruger. Boldness, accessibility, visibility and reproducibility are just a few of the qualities that help make political art stand out and reach new audiences. Follow these five steps to create your own political art, and let your work shout a message from the rooftops! Share your ideas and artwork online and tag us @KQEDArtSchool on Twitter.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Painting A Future for Wildlife with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell | KQED Art School

    Take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences with Jane Kim as she draws inspiration from their collection and talks about an early obsession with teddy bears that led her to a life of using art to give the natural world a stronger voice. She also explains how research and location play an important role in her projects and help encourage environmental stewardship.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Belarusian Waltz: Art as a Form of Protest

    This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, Belarusian Waltz, which shows various ways that an artist protests the virtual dictatorship that governs his homeland of Belarus. Classrooms can use this lesson to explore the use of art as a form of protest and means of bringing about change.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Social Practice Art: Engaging Community Through Art | KQED Arts

    Social practice art can look like just about anything: journalism, community organizing, even a shop. The goal is to engage the audience and help people think about social issues in new ways. “For me,” says social-practice artist and professor Stephanie Syjuco, “the best social practice projects actually try to attract people to join a conversation.”

    Two artists, Chris Treggiari and Chris Johnson, recently went into the streets of Oakland to record conversations and make art.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Ai Weiwei Project on Alcatraz Creates Dialogue about Prison System | KQED Arts

    Because Chinese authorities confiscated his passport after imprisoning him in 2011, activist and artist Ai Weiwei designed and directed an installation on Alcatraz all the way from Beijing. Tour the exhibit and examine the issues raised by this unusual combination of artist and setting.  Update- Weiwei's passport was returned July 2015.



    Grades: 6-12
  • Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

    In these Art School videos, meet "Raptivist" Aisha Fukushima, who creates music that promotes social justice and travels the world, collaborating with a global network of hip hop artists. Artist Aisha Fukushima then demonstrates basic stomp rhythms, showing how she integrates that style of percussion with her vocals to create a spoken word performance.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12