Partnership Against Domestic Violence/Masud Olufani

Partnership Against Domestic Violence/Masud Olufani

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Text by Kimber Williams

Originally published in the Emory Report, Nov. 19, 2015

In collaboration with mixed media artist Masud Olufani, the student team helped research and conceptualize an art installation for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence that seeks to “embody and personify the statistic that one in four women will experience domestic violence,” Mackey says.

The resulting artwork consists of a series of 100 small hand-sculpted faces created by Olufani, each with varying expressions. Every fourth expression reflects the impact of some form of abuse.

Team members included Catherine Labiran, Ashley Bruce, Mark Aghatise Igbinadolor, Wesley Jeon and Isabelle Saldana.

Wholesome Wave Georgia/Jerushia Graham

Wholesome Wave Georgia/Jerushia Graham

Final project: Screenprinted t-shirts & documentary film.

Text by Kimber Williams.

Originally published in the Emory Report, Nov. 19, 2015

Printmaker and fiber artist Jerushia Graham worked with an Emory student team to design and create t-shirts to promote access to healthy, locally grown, fresh food options for all Georgians.

In Georgia, nearly 2 million people — one in five Georgians — receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or Food Stamps) benefits each month. Through Wholesome Wave Georgia’s “SNAP 2-for-1” program, those recipients can double the value of every SNAP dollar spent on fresh, healthy food by making those purchases at nearly 40 partner farmers markets.

“The project was basically working with these students … to design things that could be screen-printed onto t-shirts and bags to help promote the programs and services that Wholesome Wave provides,” Graham explains in a documentary film about the project.

Working with Graham, the students had a hand in virtually every step of the process, from the research and conceptualization of the products to the design and screen-printing, Mackey says.

The student team included Blake Alise Masullo, Elisabeth Sarah Cafritz, Benjamin Rogin, Peter Frederick Dickson, John David Bailey, Sara Duval and Youjean Hwang.

Solomon’s Temple/Darci Rodenhi Jaret

Solomon’s Temple/Darci Rodenhi Jaret

 

 

Text by Kimber Williams

Originally published in the Emory Report, Nov. 19, 2015

When Darci Rodenhi Jaret, a master of divinity student at Candler School of Theology, enrolled in the course, she arrived with a project in mind.

Jaret had previously volunteered with Solomon’s Temple, a component of Restoration ATL, which offers residential transitional housing for women and their children.

It was a cause close to Jaret, who had once been homeless herself. “Before engaging with the Ethics Department, I was holding group conversations with the women at the shelter, where we would talk about our journeys,” she says.

“One thought that came out of that was even in dark times we can still look back and see the presence of something greater than us,” she explains. “I hope to be a pastor at some point, so we looked at that through our own faith journeys.”

So Jaret collaborated with residents to create a large, three-piece, mixed media mural, with swirling colors that evolve from dark and brooding to bright, sunny hues, “moving toward the future in a hopeful way, as if the dawn is happening.”

The work will be a permanent installation at Solomon’s Temple. Student team members included Yujun Yan and Jennifer Hwang.

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Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition/Michael Reese

Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition/Michael Reese

Text by Kimber Williams

Originally published in the Emory Report, Nov. 19, 2015

Working with artist and photographer Michael Reese, the student team created a documentary film that profiles the work of AHRC.

The project includes interviews with the program director about the nonprofit’s mission and challenges, and profiles of several people who have used AHRC as a resource, including individuals who are HIV-positive, have Hepatitis C, and those who struggle with addiction, Mackey says.

“You hear their stories, the value this organization has in their lives and what it’s doing for them on their journey of recovery — reducing stigma and providing the ability to get treatment,” he says. “For AHRC, it’s a tool for advocacy. These are real stories, real people.”

Emory student team members included Jack Hilchey, Olivia Nee’Cole Payton, Yu-Chen Chien, Geraldine Nabiryo Nabeta and LaKeisha Tanay Waters.

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