Oxford students return from New York trip inspired

Oxford College students in the Global Connections program spent part of their summer in New York City to immerse themselves in the variety of art culture the city has to offer.

COVINGTON — A handful of Oxford College students hopes to bring a little New York style back to campus after a firsthand look at art in the city — but it might appear in an unexpected place.

A group of 10 Oxford students visited areas in and around New York City to study various types of street and gallery art in mid-May.

What they experienced inspired the students to plan on creating a campus piece similar to street art with their classmates, reported Tasha Dobbin-Bennett, assistant professor of art history and studio art.

Dobbin-Bennett, who joined the students on the trip, also serves as co-director of the Mellon Grant for Humanities Pathways.

“The students were so engaged,” said Dobbin-Bennett. “My initial goal was to get them to look up and around at their environment and be aware of how artists communicate to the public … and to realize that not all art is in a museum.”

The trip was part of Oxford’s Global Connections program sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

This experience helps students explore and connect their spiritual, religious and personal convictions by examining issues of social justice including peace, poverty, human rights and the environment.

In the past, Global Connections students have traveled to Vietnam, Germany, England and around the southern United States to study a variety of issues affecting the world.

During the New York trip, students also met with Oxford alumni who live in the area and some of whom are in the art field.

Next year, students accepted in the Global Connections program expect to travel to Washington, D.C., to study education and lobby representatives in Congress.

To learn more about Global Connections and other Spiritual Life experiences offered at Oxford, visit http://oxford.emory.edu/life/thriving-at-oxford/religious-and-spiritual-life.html.

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