Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Bachelor of Arts, May 2012
Art as a Weapon of Global Justice
Alex Cunningham is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa as a consultant in urban development. Working from an interdisciplinary perspective, Alex aims to ensure that development ventures in urban space engage local communities in a meaningful, mutually-beneficial way. She integrates her diverse background in the arts, education, economics, design, communications, and postcolonial theory to alter the way urban space is perceived and to reimagine thriving communities.
Currently developing a venture in Johannesburg called Roots, Alex hopes to integrate social interactions of communities with entrepreneurial opportunities for local residents in the Johannesburg CBD.
As the founder and director of Art for Global Justice, Alex is also reshaping this nonprofit organization to act as a vehicle for information-sharing and connection-making in the intersection of visual arts and social justice. Art for Global Justice formerly facilitated arts education programs and exhibits, and will now take a behind-the-scenes role in the field.
Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in "Art and Urban Community Development" from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and a minor in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 2012. Alex spent a semester studying and NYU in Ghana in Accra in 2009, and returns yearly to collaborate on projects with local community organizations. She also studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa for a semester, and worked with the Johannesburg Development Agency.