Arts for Social Justice

Art. Justice. Action.

Santa Clara University's SCU•Presents Arts for Social Justice Program Recognized Nationally with NEA Grant Matching Grant Requires Community Support.

Arts for Social Justice (ASJ) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary initiative whose mission is to raise awareness about critical issues addressing the human condition, through the creation and participation in a wide variety of art forms, both on and off campus, which foster dialogue and action in the community.

The goal of ASJ is to engage our community, through our Santa Clara University students, staff and faculty by presents the arts that address social justice issues -ranging from immigration to homelessness and social/economic inequality- and bridge the gap between life at Santa Clara University and other communities.
Ultimately, we are asking the question, "How can I be a catalyst for change?"
"It is not enough to be Compassionate ... You Must Act."
ASJ is comprised on three programs:
ASJ School Outreach Tour - The Circuit and Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
SCU•Presents produces and presents a series of three 50-minute plays that address a social justice issue that is pertinent to our local community. Performances are·presented at schools, in the community and at Santa Clara University. For more info, CLICK HERE
SCU•Presents creates partnerships with Santa Clara University students, staff, faculty, clubs, organizations and departments to develop and presents performing and visual arts that address social justice issues. These projects may encompass both on campus and the community. 
Visiting Artists
As a part of ASJ educational commitment, SCU•Presents annually brings to campus artists of national stature that address a social justice issue. 


Have a passion for the arts? Want to do something meaningful with them on our campus or in the community at large? Struggling with figuring out how to find the money to do so? WELL, we're currently accepting applications to support the creation of projects, programs, presentations and events, both on and off campus, that use a performing or visual art form to foster dialogue and action in the community around social justice topics.

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

Grants are reviewed during the designated months. Reviews will take place starting on the first Monday of the month and may take up to three weeks to complete.

Spring: January .   Summer: May .      Fall: September

Applications submitted during a review period will NOT be evaluated untilthe next review period.

Download ASJ Partnership Program Application


NEA Project 1
Poesia en Movimiento

In Poesia en Movimiento dancer Kristin Kusanovich and actor Mauricio Salgado engaged with 4th and 5th grade children in the Thriving Neighbors Initiative program at Washington School to explore Latin American poets and co-create original dances with bilingual narration to convey the themes of the poems such as non/conformity, nature and freedom of expression.

NEA Project 2
Performing Our Environment

In Performing Our Environment, dancer David J. Popalisky and theatre artist Jeffrey Bracco will empower community members to communicate their feelings about their environment. During structured walks, an assessment of the neighborhood in terms of aesthetics, litter, and other variables will inform the creation of dances and found object sculptures.

NEA Project 3
Street Canvas

In Street Canvas, designer Jerald R. Enos and painter Karen B. McNulty will encourage participants to identify economic issues in their neighborhood by drawing and photographing their surroundings, and learning the steps of large scale mural/canvas painting to help educate and influence positive change(s) where they live.