Regis College senior’s thesis project uses art to elevate discussion of domestic violence

Books, papers and lots of typing are usually what come to mind when you say the words, “senior thesis.” For one Regis College senior, though, her final project is a colorful mural of brushstrokes from countless hands – literally.
Hannah Jones, a peace and justice studies major, partnered with local artist Leticia Tanguma to launch a community-based mural project that has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Denver community arts center RedLine, and was dedicated at the Dayton Memorial Library on March 11. The piece, “Repainting the Future,” revolves around the effects and prevention of domestic violence and the dedication event at the library will include a discussion with Jones and Tanguma on the topic. The project has expanded to include six artists, all of whom have experienced domestic violence, and many who have been or currently are homeless.

“Their stories and narratives come to life by participating in this project and this visual piece brings to life their struggles and triumphs,” Jones said.

Jones’ mural was born out of her interest in understanding gender-based violence and her desire to do something creative, nontraditional and focused on feminism for her senior thesis. She hopes it creates a space for meaningful dialogue and a call for social change regarding domestic violence.

“For me, my major is not just a major; it’s a way of life,” she said. “It shapes how I feel about the world and my responsibility to change it. I’m fascinated with the power of public art as a catalyst for social change. The power of community art is the way I chose to make a difference.” 

For more information about how your studies can be more than a major, check out Peace and Justice Studies at Regis.