Carling Jackson

Carling Jackson has a Bachelors degree in History specializing in Black History from Southern University A&M; A historical black school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received a soccer scholarship in 2005 to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Upon arriving, she came face to face with segregation; something she had never witnessed to such a heightened level. In an effort to better understand her environment she enrolled in Black History courses which became her area of focus for the next 6 years. She joined the ULL chapter of the NAACP in 2008 becoming the committee head of Programs and Publicity. She was asked by Dean Danny Cottonham in 2008 to speak as a neutral party on the topic of black history during black history month at Kaplan High in Louisiana to help calm the recent racial tension that placated the high school. It was through her involvement with he NAACP that birthed a newfound passion for social justice, activism and equality. In 2009 she transferred to Southern University and graduated with her BA in 2011. Since, she has used her artwork as a medium to raise awareness and fight injustice around the world. In 2014 she went to Brazil to work at the Street Child World Cup painting a murdered street child; Rodrigo Kelton, who was mercilessly shot on his 14th birthday. It was here that she learned the power of art for social change… Later that year she travelled to Florida where her artworks ‘Separate but Equal” and “Dream Like You Marched with Martin” were made into billboards off the coast of Sarasota to raise awareness about systemic discrimination, institutionalized racism and inequality in the United States. In 2013–2014 Carling worked with the Sto:lo aboriginal community in Canada in a collaborative community initiative to raise awareness about residential schools. She painted a portrait of 6 different First Nation’s women made into one face to combat the negative victimization the media tends to portray..In 2015, Carling’s painting of Street Children from 5 countries was recognized and awarded by the United Nations in their global goals campaign. Carling just completed her Bachelor of Education in history, art and social justice from UBC this summer. During her practicum at Seaquam secondary Carling started a campaign with her Social Justice 12 and IB Art 11 students. The Campaign entitled “Students for Syrian Refugees” involved working with local Syrian refugees using art as a platform to combat negative stigma that portrays refugees in a less than positive light. The photographs taken by students were cropped and pasted onto the outside of Seaquam Secondary. Inside; an art show was held using references from Save the Children’s inside Za’atari refugee camp (supported our initiative) and the photos of a Syrian Refugee family taken by students. SFSR raise 2,000 for refugees! There project is being published in JR's first book on art for social change and is currently the ONLY project on in Canada. Currently, she is working on a painting for Shakti Caravan India of Rehka; a beautiful dancer from India who was brutally murdered by an unwanted suitor. She plans to continue painting the change she wishes to see in the world.. Be apart of the movement! #HUMANITYART

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