PARTICIPATE! Fostering Inclusivity and Diversity through the Arts

2017 UWW Diversity Forum- College of Arts and Communication

October 16-20

The 2017 UWW Diversity forum seeks to foster awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures through arts programming that reflects a myriad of opinions, perspectives, and cultures.  With over 45 UWW classes and 12 student organizations participating, the 2017 UWW Diversity forum will directly impact approximately 2,000 students through programming embedded into their course curriculums. In addition, the forum’s opening arts festival as well as dozens of free gallery showings, musical performances, theatrical performances, photography exhibits, collaborative art projects, poetry readings and more provide a wealth of opportunities for UWW students, staff, faculty, and community members to pARTicipate in conversations related to diversity and inclusivity facilitated through the arts.   For photos, videos, and more detailed information please visit: Or like us on facebook at following is a listing of forum events that are open to the public: 

WCLO podcastListen to podcast about diversity forum with Susan Wildermuth and Leslie LaMuro on Your Talk Show.


Week Long Exhibits

More Sights Often Seen, Barely Noticed Exhibition- Roberta’s Gallery in the UC

  • Artist Shelley Smith’s work focuses on interpretation of spaces and places, and in particular, on the varied ways in which one’s geographic location impacts one’s perspective and worldview.

Obras graficas de Printmakers de Oaxaca Exhibition- Crossman Gallery in the CA

  •  Crossman Gallery will host an exhibition of prints from Mexican artists: “Obras gráficas de Printmakers de Oaxaca, México.” The prints reflect traditional printmaking processes and address topics of Latino identity, history, and culture.

Humans of Whitewater Curated photography exhibit- UC near Willie Warhawk statue

  • Based on the famous public art project “Humans of New York,” the “Humans of Whitewater” photography exhibit reflects and celebrates the diversity of identities that are part of the UWW family. 

Children’s Center & Fairhaven Project BIGG Quilt Display- Roseman Hall 1st floor

  • UW Children’s center pre-schoolers worked with their Grandfriends from Fairhaven Senior Services to create beautiful quilts reflecting the children’s and senior’s idea of friendship, love, and family. 

  Warhawk’s Take Wings Art installation- the outsides of various buildings around campusWarhawks take wings

  •   Warhawks take wing” is based on the international Global Angel Wings project started by artist Colette Miller.  Look out for life-size          colorful angel wings painted on the sides of campus buildings during the week of the forum.   

  Excel “Adults with Disabilities” Day Program & Studio 84 Art Show- UWW Library Alcove

  •   Exhibit showcases 2D artworks made by adults with disabilities and their UWW student partners who all participated in a Studio 84          immersive arts workshop.


Where we came from” Exhibition, Laurentide Hall Atriumwhere we came from

  •   Exhibit showcases poetry and photography works created by students in Rossi Ivanova’s English Language Academy courses.  These students are international students studying English at UWW.

Warhawk Voices: Excerpts from the UW-W Oral History Project on Race,”  Andersen Library 1st Floor, Northwest Corner

  • Sponsored by the UW-Whitewater Oral History Project on Race, this museum style exhibit gives visitors thought-provoking snapshots of our UWW students’ racial-ethnic lives and invites participants to share their reflections.

Asian Students’ Integration into US Culture: A photographic essay- Andersen Library, 1st Floor

  • Asian students attending U.S. universities face challenges in adapting to U.S. culture.  Photographer Mengyuan Liu images capture the joys and struggles of UWW Asian international students studying on our campus.

Tanabata wishing tree   Tanabata Wishing Tree- Hyland Hall front atrium

  •    UWW International Student Association will sponsor a Tanabata wishing tree. The live tree will be placed in Hyland Hall’s front lobby         for passersby to write wishes on colored ribbons and tie them to the tree, creating a beautiful, interactive work of art.  Later the tree       will be planted on campus as a permanent reminder that UWW values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. 


   DiversePerspectives” Art Show - 2nd floor CA art wing

  •    Exhibit showcases 2 dimensional UWW student artwork developed around the idea of diversity.   Political, personal narrative, poetic,         social, religious, surreal and abstract works are all included.

   Calling All Artists & Designers

   Diverse Perspectives submission form 

  • Drawing Awareness: Childhood Poverty in Wisconsin  -COBE 2nd floor atriuComprised entirely of recycled paper, this large-scale installation symbolizes the number of children in WI who live in poverty.  The work seeks to increase awareness of systemic inequality.

 Monday, Oct. 16  

Diversity Forum Opening Arts Festival:Noon – 2:00 pm: University Center

  • Roberta’s Gallery-- Butterfly Project: interactive and emerging collaborative art installation
  • The Butterfly Project began as a way to honor the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. The project fosters hope that positive action will prevail over hate.  Create your own butterfly to add to this beautiful installation.
  • Kim Witte – Professional Body Paint Artist
  • Kim will demonstrate body painting artistry on willing students and will explore with arts fest participants how body artistry and modification is used as a way to express identity/diverse values.
  • Pianist Yuri Rashkin
  • Talented pianist will perform international music at the UC piano
  • Make Your Mark Printathon
  • Diversity Forum p-ART-ticipants can explore images of personal identity through creative mark-making.
  • UWW Concert Choir Performances
  • UWW Concert Choir will perform traditional songs from the United States and southern Africa with audience participation, teaching passersby the songs and encouraging them to sing together with the choir.
  • UWW Singing Sirens Performances 
  • UWW Singing Sirens will perform Quiet, a song created for the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, which has become the focal point of a nation-wide women’s rights campaign, #ICANTKEEPQUIET.
  • UWW Dance program & ASL student organization Performances
  • UWW Dance Company will perform three pieces with audience participation: Cupid Shuffle, Cha-Cha Slide, and Thriller. For Thriller, the dancers will be joined by members of the UWW American Sign Language Club performing in sign-language.
  • Walls of Courage, Hope and Love- Community art garden sculpture project (read article)
  • Tree of Life Ceramic Studio will facilitate a project in which UWW community members inscribe messages of “Hope, Love, and Courage” on ceramic tiles.  Later, the tiles will be assembled into a beautiful campus garden sculpture that will serve as a permanent reminder of the 2017 forum’s message of inclusion.
  • Navajo Metal Silversmithing
  • Demonstrations of native silversmithing techniques provided by UWW art studio metals students.

Hang: A staged reading of the play followed by discussion- Summers Auditorium 12:30- 3:00 pm

  • A staged reading of Hang followed by a discussion exploring how diversity in casting (race, gender, body type etc.) can impact a performance. Director Marti Gobel will facilitate the discussion after the reading.

Mobility and Dance- Young Auditorium Dance Studio (Rm 114) 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Visit a session of Contemporary Dance 1, a course inclusive to students with a wide-range of ability and disabilities. (limited to 10-15 observers)

Disability Poetics- Kay Ulanday Barret, Hamilton Room/UC 4-6pm - PBS News article

  • Kay Ulanday Barrett self-identifies as a “Disabled, Pin@y-Amerikan, Transgender , Queer,  Educator and Performer.”  He has received numerous national awards for his poetry and performance art.

One Drop of Love, Young Auditorium,7:00 pm: One Drop of Love–Q&A after the performance

  • One Drop of Love is a powerful one-woman show exploring the intersections of race, class, and gender in search of truth, justice, and LOVE.

Asian Students’ Integration into US Culture: A Photographic Essay-  Andersen LIB, 1st Floor, 1-2 pm

  • Conversation with Menguyan Liu, photographer/author about her works.

 Tuesday, Oct. 17  

Reception for "Where We Came From" Art Exhibit - Laurentide- 3rd floor L & L Atrium,11:00 -11:50 am

  • reception for poetry + photo exhibition by Rossi Ivanova's English Language Academy students

 Wednesday, Oct. 18  

Mobility and Dance- Young Auditorium Dance Studio (Rm 114) 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Visit a session of Contemporary Dance 1, a course inclusive to students with a wide-range of ability and disabilities. (limited to 10-15 observers)

 Thursday, Oct. 19  

Asian Students' Integration into US Culture: Andersen Library, 1st Floor TV Lounge SW corner, 1-2 pm

  •  Conversation with Menguyan Liu, photographer/author about her works

Ask Me Who I Am- Identity Print Project,Crossman Gallery, 2-5 pm

  • The UWW printmaking student organization will host a free public screen-printing workshop where one can design, print and take-home a FREE t-shirt that reflects their personal identity.

Reception for International Visiting Artists,Crossman Gallery,5-7 pm

  • Exhibit of Obras gráficas de Printmakers de Oaxaca, México (Graphic Works of Printmakers of Oaxaca, Mexico &nbsp

It Gets Better- A small ensemble of the Gay Men's Chorus of LA, Young Auditorium,7:30 pm (free but ticketed)

  • Campus and community choirs join the Gay Men's Chorus of LA group on stage for a poignant and powerful musical performance featuring narratives of growing up gay. Sound Bites pre-show discussion in Young Auditorium lobby (6:30 pm). Post Show Q&A

Speed Show: Playing Games, Greenhill Center of the Arts Room 2048,7 pm

  • Speed Show: Playing Games - Computer Lab - Bill Miller curates (limited to 30 people)

 Friday, Oct. 20  

Asian Students' Integration into US Culture: Andersen Library, 1st Floor TV Lounge SW corner, 1-2 pm

  •  Conversation with Menguyan Liu, photographer/author about her works

Whitewater Dream Fund Benefit Concert,7:30 pm, Light Recital Hall

  •  Benefit concert featuring UW-Whitewater music and dance students. The concert is free but donations will be accepted for the student organization (DSC) for the Whitewater Dream Fund.

 Diversity Forum Highlights:  

43 classes across all four colleges are pARTicipating in classroom projects. Based on fall of '17 enrollment, 1,520 students will pARTicipate.  

12 student organizations with membership from 5-50, will participate in the forum involving approximately 250 students.

Campus and community support includes: Young Auditorium, Roberta's Art Gallery, Crossman Gallery, UW-W Children's Center, St. Colletta's, Fairhaven, Studio 84, Center for Students with Disabilities, Center for Global Education, UW-W Health and Counseling Services, Living Tree Studio, Campus Television, UW-W English Language Academy, MMR and the College of Arts and Communication.  

Public Art Exhibitions, Performances & Collaborative Art Projects: 

  • 13 week-long exhibits
  • 11 opening Arts Fest participants
  • 20 exhibits/performances/readings   

The Arts have the ability to transform public spaces and individual lives.   

The Arts have the power to heal, the power to unite. Their diverse messages cannot be silenced because they tell important stories, and when told well, those stories light up dark corners. They go beneath the surface, they change minds and ultimately, they change everything. . . Art ignites change.  

pARTicipate Diversity Fourm Videos

I Can't Keep Quiet Video

Inside the Arts Diversity Forum Video

Diverse Perspectives Exhibit Video