All of the nonprofits that the class has worked with.
- ForeverFamily– provides care for and services to children in foster care and/or with incarcerated parents
- Trees Atlanta– a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating.
- Gateway Center– provides a supportive and compassionate setting where individuals can receive the tools, programs, and services they need to end their homelessness.
- Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition– a community-based wellness organization committed to promoting health and dignity by HIV/AIDs, STI, and substance abuse within vulnerable communities
- Partnership Against Domestic Violence– works to end domestic/intimate partner violence through education and awareness, while also offering safety and shelter for battered women and their children.
- Solomon’s Temple– provides support, education and transitional housing to women and children facing, in the midst of, or emerging from homelessness.
- Wholesome Wave Georgia – improves access to fresh, nutritious food for those receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) through their 2-for-1 program at farmer’s markets across the state.
- Global Growers– connects the agricultural talent of the local refugee community to opportunities in sustainable agriculture
- United Health Initiative– educates Atlantans about issues of health disparity, advocates for change, builds collaborative partnerships, and develops the best practice models for under-served communities in Metro Atlanta to advance equity in health and well-being.
- Alliance Theatre– aims to lead the national field by deeply engaging with its local community, modeling radical inclusion and catalytic experiences on our stages, in our classrooms, and throughout Atlanta.
- First Step Staffing– provides jobs & transport for the homeless, former convicts, and veterans
- Second Helpings Atlanta– distributes unused food from grocery stores & restaurants to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other community service providers
- G.E.E.A.R.S.– promotes the importance of quality early childhood (ages 0-4) education and advocates for better access & standards across Georgia
All of the artists who have collaborated with this class.
Instructors: Carlton Mackey, Center for Ethics and Department of Film and Media Studies; Edward L. Queen, Center for Ethics
Overview: Collaborating with leading Atlanta-area filmmakers, photographers, and community nonprofit organizations, creative undergraduates produce and learn about socially-engaged art. Engaging art in all its forms, the course is designed to support meaningful educational and communal experiences.
In the Spring 2018 class, the groups were as follows:
Course description: Students explore the role of film and media in addressing major social issues. Class sessions first push students to engage with the topic of art and social engagement. Students then pair off into teams to work with local artists and nonprofits, producing films, blogs, websites, and other forms of media. The course is part of the Center for Ethics’ Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement Program.
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This program is unique in that it directly highlights Southwest Airlines’ commitment to social issues that affect the communities we serve. Our partnership with Emory University can, through visual art, creatively display the importance of recognizing Atlanta’s social issues and challenges.
-Quinnie Jenkins-Rice, Regional Leader of Community Affairs & Grassroots at Southwest Airlines
Birmingham; Chicago; Yugoslavia; Macedonia; Indianapolis; Atlanta. Professor Edward Queen has left a powerful mark on the vast range of environments in which he has served. As a specialist in modern American religion with a concentration in global security and human rights, Queen has traveled the world, providing unique insights into the role of religion in peacebuilding.
This background might sound a little more exciting than his current role of teaching college-aged students, but Queen has always seen the value of education in constructing community identity and action. During his time in Macedonia, Queen assisted in creating a college to bring people together in a post-civil war and post-communism society. Likewise, he is the vision behind educational programs including the Religion and Philanthropy Project at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy and the Islamic Society of North America’s Fellowship Program in Nonprofit Management and Governance.
Bringing his talents to the Center, Queen was intent on finding a way to engage students in community building. When approached by Southwest Airlines, the two parties realized a mutual interest in these topics, as well as art.
“Through a series of conversations, it became clear that this connection between art, local community groups, and students was something for which they [Southwest] have a passion and something for which we clearly have a passion.”