Marylhurst art professor Derek Franklin partners with local organizations to give voice to marginalized constituencies through art.
As recently reported in Compose Yourself Magazine, Portland area artists are connecting with community movements such as Don’t Shoot Portland to raise awareness around pressing social issues. “Art and protest are one in the same, as they both draw communities from all backgrounds to inspect and immerse themselves in one another’s cultures, lifestyles and personal obstacles,” writes reporter Tai Carpenter.
Derek Franklin of Marylhurst University’s art program is one of these artists who feel compelled to be part of the solution.
In late summer 2017, Derek’s exhibition at Williamson | Knight titled To Leave No Trace featured works that questioned how to heal, de-educate, and challenge the role of violence in the U.S.
In June, he assisted Marylhurst students in organizing Open Mic: Peace & Love during which stories, poems and other works were shared on the Marylhurst University campus.
And in April, Derek partnered with Portland Art Museum, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Don’t Shoot Portland on a printmaking project; the resulting works were displayed at the Upstanders Festival in May.
Derek Franklin is director of art programs and assistant professor at Marylhurst University.