The Social Justice Arts Ministry (SJAM) explores social justice issues utilizing both the visual arts as well as music, writing, drama and dance. This is rooted in the belief that because the arts affect people at a fundamental level they can be a catalyst for change. Art can also be a stepping off place for conversations to begin. It is our hope that the art presented will be that stepping off place for conversation and for change.
We have three different social justice art exhibits in our Oak Street Gallery per year each one running for one month. The three topics covered in 2021 were Mental Health, Racial Justice, and Food Insecurity. Ideas for exhibits in 2022 and beyond include: environmental justice, LGBTQIA+, poverty, homelessness, housing, gun, prison reform, and health care.
SJAM also promotes local community organizations that are working for social change relevant to the issue being shown in the art gallery. This gives the agency exposure both within our congregation and also in the greater community. Most of the proceeds from sales in the art gallery go to the organization being featured.
Concurrently with each of these three exhibits there was an opening event for both the congregation and the community featuring music, dance, drama, and poetry or prose reading. It is a celebration of the artists, the arts, and the ongoing social justice work by our church and in our city.
Once the pandemic is over and we can again be in our church, we will offer refreshments and fellowship following the opening event. The members of FCUCC love to celebrate with food and fellowship and we hope you will join us!