First Advisor

Brianne Suldovsky, P.h.D

Date of Award

Spring 6-9-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication Studies and University Honors

Department

Communication

Language

English

Subjects

African Immigrants, Creative Thesis, Mural, American Ideality

Abstract

This honors thesis project aimed to create a multi-sensory mural that nods to the African immigrant experience and the overarching themes of idealistic American values. The purpose of this project aims to give visual and audial representation to the perceptions of African Immigrants on American societal issues/ideologies including topics such as; the lived experience of immigrating, the individual relationships Africans hold towards the subject of immigration, and how community and tribalism are closely interwoven with immigration. The guiding question behind my thesis is: How does the ideality of America become perceived and internalized through the eyes of African immigrants? The importance of this topic is held in understanding how the communication of ideals impacts lived immigration experiences, and to learn if Black minorities who weren’t raised in America feel a connection to Black-American social struggles. This project will be displayed through a one-day, creative art installation with a large-scale painting/aural experience as its primary medium.

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