WILLMAR — Art is a key means of personal expression for many people. Ridgewater College has created a community connection on Facebook called “Just Art: Challenging Racism and Promoting Social Justice” in response to recent state and national events.

“‘Just Art’ is a way for our students, faculty, staff and community members to express their thoughts and feelings regarding the killing of George Floyd and the social unrest that has followed,” said Stacy Griffey, Ridgewater director of equity, inclusion, and student success and diversity officer. “‘Just Art’ is a community Facebook page where you’re invited to submit your original art as we move forward and come together. We want to create a community forum that evolves into a virtual exhibit and performance experience.”

Participants can submit art or simply view and comment.

Ideas might include paintings, drawings, sculptures, music, drama, or poetry. It may involve photography, videos, or dance — whatever media participants are inspired by and capable of submitting online.

Submissions should be respectful and promote awareness, not division, and they should support the relevant guiding principles of Ridgewater College: empowerment, diversity, equity, inclusion, trust, and respect.

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Work should be original. If participants use another person’s art or words in their work, the participants are responsible for any copyright or intellectual property issues.

Go to www.ridgewater.edu/just-art/ for more information about joining the group.