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MAPL 660 The Impact of Art on Social Change Movements

MAPL 660 is an elective course in the Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) track within the Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) Program. Students committed to advocacy and political leadership will build an understanding of the importance of art in shaping political culture and major policy and political directions. We will examine the impact of art as a means of engaging the interest and influencing the political will and positions of targeted audiences.
4 Graduate credits

Effective August 23, 2014 to present

Learning outcomes


  • The impact of drama, literature, music, visual arts, documentaries, Web based videos and other artistic expressions on advancing or reflecting social change movements in the United States.
  • Approaches to understanding the intent of the artist, including the student as artist.
  • An understanding of the extraordinary power of stories and images.
  • Analytical skills: methods for examining reviews, news coverage, interviews, historic accounts and other evidence leading to an assessment of the impact of these works on public opinion and decision makers.
  • The role of nonprofit organizations, labor unions, and informal groups in the production of art and the use of art to engage audiences.
  • Practice: students will gain experience in the use of art in advancing issues, ideas, and ideals.