Explore the historical context of music in inciting social change with Grammy nominated musician and activist Joe Troop.
Artivism as a terminology emerged when Chicano activists from L.A. and Zapatistas from Chiapas came together in the 1990s. But the notion of art meets activism has long been at the center of folk music traditions. From Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone to Baldemar Velázquez, vernacular music in the US has played a particularly important role in inciting social change. In this course Joe will cover artivism’s historical context as well as lessons learned from his own ongoing organizing efforts. Students will be expected to think critically about the role of artivism in their musical lives.
Grammy-nominated musician Joe Troop and bass player Trey Boudreaux are with the old-time band Boojum.