CES 210 Art and Music in Communities of Color • 5 Cr.


Explore how music and art are not only forms of artistic expressions but are also sources of self-empowerment and resistance against dominant power structures for communities of Color. Learn about how the aesthetic values of a piece of art or music have cultural/ethnic roots and the historical and contemporary ways music and art are used as tools of social activism. Topics may include: specific genres of music, concepts of embodiment, protest or graphic art, performance art, and more. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify aesthetic values and cultural/ethnic roots of particular music and art 
  • Critically analyze art and music of communities of color within their specific cultural and historical contexts 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the connection between art, music and issues of identity and power 
  • Reflect on how art and music function in one's own life and how art and music can be both tools of empowerment and resistance