The Gustavian Weekly

Building Bridges fights injustice through art

By The Weekly Staff | March 10, 2017 | News

Building Bridges has been an influential conference at Gustavus for 22 years. Since beginning in 1996 with the theme of “Promoting Diversity Through Student-Initiated Change” that involved sixteen schools from across Minnesota it has developed into a wide-reaching conference with the specific target of “Uprooting Injustice” for this year’s conference. An important aspect of this year’s conference was the art installation done by the ART 372 class led by Professor Betsy Byer.  The purpose of this installation, located in the Student Center across from the bathrooms, according to junior Taylor Shortly was to have observers “come to an understanding of what it would be like to walk in the shoes of a refugee”.

Building Bridges has been an influential conference at Gustavus for 22 years. Since beginning in 1996 with the theme of “Promoting Diversity Through Student-Initiated Change” that involved sixteen schools from across Minnesota it has developed into a wide-reaching conference with the specific target of “Uprooting Injustice” for this year’s conference. An important aspect of this year’s conference was the art installation done by the ART 372 class led by Professor Betsy Byer. The purpose of this installation, located in the Student Center across from the bathrooms, according to junior Taylor Shortly was to have observers “come to an understanding of what it would be like to walk in the shoes of a refugee”.