An Example of Usings T-Shirts to Protest – Stop University Program Cuts

Students at Canterbury University in New Zealand are using t-shirts to protest budget cuts at the College of Arts. In a recent proposal the University suggested cutting the American studies, theater and film programs. This would not only impact students but also thirteen full time professors and eight staff members who would be out of work.


To protest the proposed cuts students attended a university forum wearing t-shirts with images of burning artwork and the phrase “Mummy, what were the arts?”. Students sold over 120 t-shirts to raise awareness and protest the proposed program cuts. The University has not yet made a final decision but it will be hard for the decision makers to overlook 100+ students who protested the cuts and wore t-shirts to get their message across.

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