Expressing solidarity with your hands, ears and by experiencing: students, staff and interested parties were able to stand with Ukraine through art installations at the Beurs in Leeuwarden on April 6. Artivism for Ukraine was organized by seven students of the bachelor program Global Responsiblity & Leadership, as part of the course Responsible Activism & Global Health.
"It means a lot to be able to come together and share emotions through art," says initiator Livia Westgeest. For almost a month and a half she worked on organizing the event, together with her classmates Gabija, Johan, Viktoria, Sakura, Danique and Anne. "It was a roller coaster, but I'm glad it worked out."
Artivism for Ukraine consisted of four art installations, each stimulating different senses and experiences. Visitors could paint Ukrainian symbols traditionally worn on clothing, listen to audio experience stories, or experience for themselves what it is like to be a refugee.
With the art installations, the event connects flawlessly with Campus Fryslan's Best Practice-nominated course Responsible Activism & Global Health, which teaches students to practice responsible activism through problem-based learning and the use of creativity by working with each other.
Some of the installations, such as the canvas with the painted symbols, will remain on display in the Beurs.
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