Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Donna C Owens


This paper explores body-based activism and embodied protest art as a means to connect to others and participate in social activism. It serves to identify embodied and body-based practices that allow individuals to settle in their bodies to be present and in connection with others in order to feel empowered and motivated to sustain social activist movements. The author further identifies how community arts-based projects help give voice to marginalized, refugee communities that can often feel isolated or voiceless in their displacement. The author engaged in a community engagement project with a group of Karen and Karenni young adults to create an embodied protest art piece in response to the one-year anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, 2021. Before the project, participants shared feeling immense concern and specified feelings of hopelessness and wanting to do something, but not knowing what, in response to the coup. This project offered an opportunity to engage in the resistance movement through protest art and led to participants feeling more connected and inspired to continue protesting and supporting the cause.

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