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The Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) investigates how art is a catalyst for non-arts outcomes. Through partnerships, creative visioning, and community-connected experiences, CASE invests in high impact work. With a focus on cultural and racial equity, CASE engages its multiple publics in constructive dialogues about the role of art, artists, and creative work in building stronger and more sustainable communities.

CASE invests in civic and social engagement initiatives that link the McGovern College of the Arts to its communities and, particularly, the surrounding historic Third Ward neighborhood. Through partnerships, research, and public programs, we leverage the University's resources and expertise in service to building possibilities and securing a more equitable future.

  • 8KGMCA-PRH Fellows
  • 18Community Collaborations
  • 6Pilot Programs


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Nicholas Simien (Sculpture, BA 2020) created this installation at Project Row Houses as part of the Summer Studios program in 2019. Simien's installation illustrates the poem "The Rose that Grew from Concrete" by Tupac Amaru Shakur in a way that reflects his sculptural practice and life experience. From his artist statement, "The goal of the installation is to inspire hope and show that there are creative means of liberation to anyone that may feel stuck in their surroundings or situation."

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