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Welcome to The Artist as Citizen (AasC) at Portland State University, an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to create multiple pathways for students to discover their potential to affect social change as members of local and global communities. Founded by Portland State University faculty Darrell Grant and Suzanne Savaria in 2016, The Artist as Citizen Initiative is committed to centering the arts as a collaborative medium connecting faculty & students across disciplines by developing curriculum, educational outreach, and community-based learning approaches that bridge artistic creativity and civic engagement, and have social advocacy as a core principle.


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We are grateful for the opportunity to support the arts and social justice in our community and to develop outreach initiatives that promote equity, inclusion and safety for youth from marginalized communities.

Our work depends on the generosity of our partners and supporters. Click the link below to find out how to contribute to the work of the Artist as Citizen.

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News & Updates

Vestal Elementary School’s Social Justice Night May 25, 2023 PSU’s Spring 2023 Performing Arts Advocacy Capstone students are working to highlight.

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Showing Up – An Evening exploring community with music, poetry and visual art March 11th showcased emerging and established artists for a collaborative evening that explored.

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Artist as Citizen celebrates “Who We Are and the Stories We Tell” Exhibit in the Broadway Galleries in Lincoln Hall on June 9, at 11:30am.

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