Rooted in the deep traditions of the arts as a powerful means for social change, Arts as Civic Engagement is a platform for students to immerse in arts-based community engagement.

Launched in 2018, the program supports three Washington University undergraduate students in a Civic and Community Arts Residency at regional arts organizations. Participants receive a $5,000 stipend in lieu of summer earnings and work as embedded staff members at partner organizations.

The video below features our 2019 residents and partner organizations during a culminating event and reception at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Students illustrated their work through a creative presentation. The event included a conversation with St. Louis-based artist and activist Damon Davis.

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The application period for the 2019 Arts as Civic Engagement cohort has passed.

Learn about our 2019 residents below.


Arts as Civic Engagement is made possible by generous gifts from Sally Schnuck, OT ’78, Terry Schnuck, PMBA ’80, John Beuerlein, Trustee, MBA ’77, and Crystal Beuerlein.