The arts and social responsibility are no strangers to Boston College, and the two often find empowerment through each other. One such collaboration is ongoing through Witness, a high circulation journal of social responsibility released every spring at BC.
Its vision statement proclaims,
Witness: A Journal of Social Responsibility is a 21st century agora, a forum committed to broadening and deepening the conversation about global responsibility, social justice, and citizenship. By encouraging story telling, artistic expression, reflection and critical dialogue, and by serving as a nexus of resources for meaningful social action, we intend to serve the Boston College community and beyond. We hope to open eyes and hearts and to foster a spirit of solidarity as citizens of the world walking with our brothers and sisters in need. Here, all are one.
The 2011 printed publication of Witness currently has a call for submissions. The tentative deadlines is January 18th.
We are looking for artists to share their stories, insights into the value of service, and narratives of hope and positive change. We are seeking photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures; basically anything artistic that can be photographed and put in the hard journal.
Please send any submissions to BC.WitnessJournal@gmail.com. Submissions can be in color or black and white, and there is no submission limit, so please submit as much social justice related artwork as you can! We only ask that nothing submitted be previously published, and that you notify us if the artwork is concurrently being submitted elsewhere.
In addition to an annual publication, Witness maintains a companion blog where the Witness staff publishes “a new issue of stories, reflections, opinion pieces, and art that illuminates issues of social justice on campus, locally, and around the world.” The December issue featured “The Forgotten of Nicaragua” by Analorena Zeledon ’11. The issue incorporates the fine arts through poetry and an article on the role of art in helping those in need. The December issue published “Happy Valley’s Tibetan Homes Foundation” by Andrew Schofield ’13 and “Art in Action,” a story of art exhibitions that encourage social interaction.