In an informative-based research paper—with an introduction, 6-8 body paragraphs, and a conclusion—please provide information on how one work of art (a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, a book or story of fiction, poetry, a film, a television series, a song, an album, or a visual album, etc.) has inspired or been inspired by one of the following movements:
• climate change movements
• International Women’s Day or women’s rights movements
• Day of Silence
• LGBTQ Rights
• Black Lives Matter
Begin your project by doing some background reading on your topic. Preliminary reading helps you do all the following:
To prepare for Unit 3, you should have read Melody K. Milbrandt’s “Understanding the Role of Art in Social Movements and Transformation” at the beginning of Readers’ Club (also available below as download). In Milbrandt’s article, she discusses how art can inspire and be inspired by social movements. Be prepared to use this as a main source to begin your research essay.
For the purposes of this assignment, you will be researching specific art or art movements that have inspired social movements or have been inspired by social movements. Specifically, this research will be an extension of one social movement you read during Readers’ Club by examining that social movement and one work of art connected to that social movement. This research will focus on what creating change looks like through art and what it might mean for the future. Examples of works of art can include: 1) paintings, drawings, sculptures, or any visual arts, 2) books, short stories, or poetry, 3) films or television series, or 4) music in the form of songs, albums, or visual albums.
You'll DEFINITELY be reading about one of these social movements. Here they are, with some suggested background readings to skim.
Here are some reference books and specialized encyclopedias that are contained in the Gale and EBSCO eBook databases.
Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.
Use the links below to see examples of source citations and practice using one of the templates.
If you don't find what you need below, check out the MLA's, Ask the MLA.
Created by the Modern Language Association, MLA is most often used by the Humanities, which includes languages, literature, philosophy, visual & performing arts.