Many of LMCC's alumni have been featured in the news for their activism and artwork.
André Daughtry (Workspace 2018-2019) was featured in Artlyst for his work Weight, which is featured in the video above. Weight is a video work from 2014 that attempts ‘to visualize societal projections on the black male body’. The projections on the body in the film being once-popular family cartoons that crudely depict racial stereotypes and caricatures. This work was also featured in Slow Down: River To River, directed by Liz Sargent for ALL ARTS. As the Minister of Arts, Daughtry also creates a video every week for Judson Memorial Church's live weekly services on Sundays at 11am.
LMCC artists responded to the murders of black Americans—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery—and the many who came before them, killed senselessly at the hands of police officers in Artnet News. Tamar Ettun (Workspace 2015 - 2016) and Amy Khoshbin (Arts Center Residency 2019-2020, Workspace 2014 - 2017) shared their experiences of the protest.
For a donation of $250 or more to one of several organizations, Paul Mpagi Sepuya (Workspace 2009 - 2010) will offer his print “Studio (0X5A4983)” (2020). Sepuya says in Hyperallergic, “I’m not alone amongst black artists who want to see the receipts from non-Black curators, gallerists, museum directors who put up public-facing language in exhibitions about representation, justice, inclusion, diversity, whatever those words mean. I want to see receipts from non-Black collectors to know their interests in Black bodies aren’t salacious and that they are putting their money to defending Black lives.”
Hyperallergic also featured Guadalupe Maravilla (Workspace 2013-2014) for his efforts, including raising money and distributing groceries to undocumented communities, directly addressing communities of color disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. While the performance element of his practice may be on pause, Maravilla is still centering non-Western and Indigenous medicinal practices, many which were critical to his own healing.