Dr. Sarah Jackson, communications professor and WGSS Executive Committee member, was quoted in an Associated Press article this week about artistic responses to Donald Trump’s presidency. Jackson explained how art can influence people in a way that a rally or protest might not.
“Art is a form that can often reach people that might not engage in more traditional spaces of politics or activism,” Jackson said. “Most people will never lobby at a statehouse for a bill, or go to a rally or protest in their life. With theater and other forms of art, you’re bringing people into a space and introducing them to a set of ideas in a thought-provoking way without doing the thing they might be uncomfortable with — making it an explicitly political space.”