Roski Receives USC Good Neighbors Grant

The USC Roski School of Art and Design has received a USC Good Neighbors Grant to launch a new program: RAD in The Neighborhood. This new initiative falls within an ongoing USC Roski and California African American Museum (CAAM) partnership and will provide high-quality, weekly after-school visual arts and design programming and mentorship for students from Ánimo Jackie Robinson High School (AJR). Roski’s renowned faculty and graduate students will join partner education staff in creating project-based classes that include youth made graphic novels, sculpture, ceramics, photography and applied forms of design. The program kicked off in August with 23 high school students from the nearby high school joining artists and educators to begin a zine project led by the Able Arts Work program.

“It’s takes a community to create change and we are honored to have strong partners to implement a deep dive into the arts for area students and introduce them to self empowerment to be gained through the arts and higher education,” stated USC Roski Dean Haven Lin-Kirk. “I give my heartfelt thanks to our partners: the California African American Museum, Green Dot Public Schools and Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, as well as other organizations supporting this project including Able Arts Work. This is truly an outstanding community committed to the capacity for positive change through the arts and community engagement.”

Program lead Suzanne Lacy states, “This is an opportunity for USC Roski graduate students, already developed as artists, to learn a bandwidth of skills including classroom teaching, curriculum design, and community engagement.”

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