Art for Social Change at MSU Mankato

By Maria Ortiz

Art can be an important part of civic engagement. It can shape or clarify our understanding, beliefs, and attitudes.  At Mankato State University, professors Mathew Willemsen and Harlan Bloomer ask students in their courses to work on practical projects that could be utilized in local or national campaigns on a variety of issues.

Students design logos or images as well as motion graphic campaigns that utilize their skills as visual communicators to effect change in our society or to portray specific messages (see examples in the slide show below). Here are links to three examples of motion graphic campaigns created by MSU students 1 | 2 | 3.

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There are over 100 design majors and a motivated AIGA student group. If organizations need assistance in developing print collateral material they can contact Professor Willemsen at


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