For the past several years, ASTEP has worked closely with the Social Justice and the Arts Program at Santa Clara University so we’re excited that the students there have officially created Santa Clara ASTEP, an ASTEP Student Chapter. Led by Co-Presidents Nick Manfredi and Tennyson Jones, the student chapter will focus on organizing the pre-existing spirit of artist activism on campus into compassionate engagement with the Santa Clara and San Jose communities.
“When Mauricio Salgado, ASTEP’s Director of Programs, visited the Santa Clara campus last year, he sparked a new way of thinking for the theatre and dance artists on campus. Located just minutes away from San Jose, a city with over 15% of its population living in poverty, Santa Clara University and its artist activists are called to the ASTEP mission.” — excerpt from the Santa Clara ASTEP application
When asked what they plan to do, they shared the following:
- To engage the Santa Clara University Community in active dialogue about the greatest needs of the world beyond our campus.
- To locate communities, especially of students and children, who are not able to benefit from artistic engagement.
- To confront the realities of social issues such as poverty, substance abuse, gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, gang violence, and teen pregnancy in our extended community through creative engagement and arts-based action.