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Graphic design students display Social Justice Poster Project

Fresno State students demonstrated their graphic design skills while advocating for social justice during ArtHop at the Social Justice Poster Project (SJPP) recently.

The SJPP is organized by faculty, staff, and students from Fresno State with the support of Associated Students Inc. (ASI). The papers and presentations aimed to promote positive discussions about social infrastructure and provided an opportunity to share different views.

This was the first year that the Social Justice Poster Project appeared in a gallery. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

“This was the first time the project included the report, in part because of COVID-19 restrictions last year and partly because of the growing and evolving nature of the project,” said Virginia Patterson, an assistant professor at Fresno State.

The organizers of the event invited Patterson to work with SJPP and this was her first year with the project.

He credited Fresno State lecturer Glenn Terpstra, Assistant Professor Yasmin Rodriguez and Assistant Professor Matt Hopson-Walker for facilitating the project, hosting speakers with gestures and setting up the exhibition.

Phebe Conley Gallery technician Chris Lopez, who oversees the M Street Gallery site, was also credited with assisting with the event and its installation.

In preparation for the project, three different guest speakers conducted graphic design classes for lectures or workshops through Zoom. Invited speakers were Sabiha Basrai, designer and co-owner of the Design Action Collective in Auckland. Amos Kennedy, printer printer; and Karlo Muro, a Fresno-based graphic designer and co-founder of Studio Mala.

“It’s always good to see others do what you do and, most importantly, to learn from them and their own experiences,” said Nayeli Flores Mendoza, a transfer student now studying graphic design at Fresno State.

Mendoza – Recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Focused its plan on the #HomeisHere campaign for the “Dreamers” movement, which is any adult who is illegally admitted to the US as a child and receives legal protection DACA program.

Mendoza’s work has highlighted the Clean Dream Act, which says it will create a path to US citizenship without using “small immigrants as bargaining chords to harm immigrant communities.”

Nayeli Flores’ “Clean Dream Act Now” is on display. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

She said the Clean Dream Act could open up opportunities for her and “allow for a sense of security and stability”.

“My inspiration for this project was my community as well as the many Dreamers who, like me, are hoping for a better future,” Mendoza said.

Christian Garcia, a transfer student from Fresno City College and his associates with a degree in art studio, described his work as an expression defending the rights of immigrants from Mexico and Latin America.

“These people are human beings, just like everyone else, and they should be treated with the same respect as you and me. “I am a first-generation Mexican American and I grew up listening to the many difficulties my parents and grandparents faced when they arrived in the United States, trying to assimilate into a new culture,” Garcia said.

“Alicia Benitez, a fourth-year student, focused her project on sexual misconduct in the school and work environment, using a mix of elementary script and letter fonts to relate to the texture and sticker-like texture,” she said.

The gallery included an interactive screening in which invited guests to share what topics affect their lives. (Wyatt Bible / The Collegian)

“I think so [SJPP project] provides a space for students to create something about a social issue that makes sense to them. “You are allowed to raise awareness while you are creative, and I think that is something you do not often see with more serious issues,” Benitez said.

In addition to showcasing her art, Benitez, who is treasurer of the Fresno State Graphic Design Club, set a table at the entrance to the event to sell buttons and pins to ArtHop participants.

“I know how much I and my peers gave to our work and it was very nice to see it recognized. “This event, and the like, is something I would definitely like to do again one day,” Benitez said.

Garcia agreed, calling the experience “overwhelming in a really positive way”.

“Not only to exhibit my art, but to see people react to it in such a positive way that I feel surreal. “It is definitely something I would like to be a part of in the future,” he said.

Students interested in participating in the next SJPP are encouraged by Patterson to search for information next January at socialjusticeposterproject.com or contact her at vpatterson@csufresno.edu.

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