Black Spaces Matter: Race, Place, and Resilience
Course explores how African American artists and creators have used visual culture and media have to create "Black spaces", and the role such spaces play in building and maintaining community. Visual culture, media, and public art produced by Black artists are used as nodal points through which to explore historical economic, political, and social forces that have shaped African American communities in the United States, with an emphasis on the American South and Appalachian region. Students also engage these media as forms of creative expression that build community space in the face of the pressing issues of today, including protests against police brutality and the COVID-19 pandemic. As a final project for this course, students create their own work of artistic or documentary media that engages issues of race and space in response to the current moment.