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Artist And Educator To Speak About Art As A Catalyst For Social Change March 20

March 11, 2003--

WHO: Sarah Morrison, director of programs at Oyster Arts Inc. in New York

WHAT: Lecture – “Art and Social Change”

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Traditionally, the arts have been both a reflection of society and a catalyst for social change.

U.Va. alumna Sarah Morrison, artist and art educator, will give a talk, “Art and Social Change,” on Thursday, March 20.

Morrison is director of programs for Oyster Arts Inc. in New York City. The non-profit organization brings art to children who are affected by domestic violence and are at-risk for low self-esteem, aggressive behavior, poor school performance and difficulty establishing positive peer relationships. The program is designed to help them cope with challenges by engaging their creativity and building problem-solving skills. Participants learn to take on responsibilities and work toward positive change in their lives through group behavior guidelines and modeling, art critiques and creative risk-taking.

Morrison graduated from U.Va. in 1998 with a B.A. in studio art and English literature. She has been teaching art in public schools, after-school art programs and community-based organizations since 1992.

For details, contact Elizabeth Schoyer at (434) 924-6143 or eps5u@Virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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