EMPOWER: Students, Arts, and Activism

Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

This is a past event.

USC Fisher Museum of Art (HAR), and Courtyard
823 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

An Arts in Action Event

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be served.

Admission is free and open to USC students only. Space is limited. A USC email will be required to register. RSVP at the link below.


All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of this event. Verification must be provided at the event check-in. Face masks will be required for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Additionally, all guests must complete the Trojan Check health screening on the day of their visit to campus. Trojan Check verification must be presented at the event check-in.

USC students! How can you create healing, drive hope, and enact radical change through art? Arts in Action invites you to join forces with other artists and activists, respond to that challenge, and make a difference.

EMPOWER: Students, Arts, and Activism is a unique and dynamic event where students will set the agenda. Following inspiring presentations from leading arts activists, teams of students will pitch ideas for using the arts to challenge injustice, fight oppression, and imagine sustainable futures. Open to all USC students, the interactive session is designed as a springboard for developing your skills, growing your network of collaborators, and finding out more about Mobilize!, Arts in Action’s student grant program, from students who have received awards in the past.

Arts activists will include Sabra Williams and Major Bunton from Creative Acts.

Prizes will be awarded and opportunities will be given to put your ideas in action!

Major Bunton is a teaching artist for Creative Acts, a social justice arts organization, as well as The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, a program that creates a supportive space in which the participants can express their fears, choose empathy over anger, overcome gang barriers, and prepare for life in the community. He is also the founder and vice president of Inglewood Wrapping Arms around the Community, which provides food, reentry housing, assisting resources, and counseling to Inglewood and the surrounding communities.

Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor, host, and co-founder of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama a “Champion of Change” in 2016, and being honored with a British Empire Medal for services to the Arts & Prison Reform by Queen Elizabeth in 2018. She is co-founder of Creative Acts, a social justice initiative that uses the arts as the tool for transformation in juvenile facilities adult maximum security prisons. Williams is also a visiting lecturer at UCLA, adjunct professor at USC, and a Bellagio Rockefeller Resident Fellow.

Presented by USC Arts in Action, part of Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Health and Community Well-Being




University Park Campus


humanities, arts&culture



Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
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