Justin Krawitz

Artist • Educator • Citizen

Krawitz’s work places great value on active citizenship and community engagement. He is currently a board member of the International Martinů Circle and serves as a Vice President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He contributes to the professional development of fellow music teachers through regular master class teaching, competition adjudication and seminars for local music teacher associations. His recent keynote address for the 2017 Continuums of Service Conference in Denver explored the possible guises that community engagement can take in music academia.  

In his performance work, Krawitz enjoys challenging traditional formats and concepts of audience, curating experiences that foster change, growth, and empathy. He has initiated Democracy 25, an ambitious program of arts interventions by which he hopes to improve the reintegration of formerly incarcerated people. For his work on this project, which will be implemented in 2019, he has been elected a University of Northern Colorado Sponsored Research Fellow. 

At UNC, Krawitz serves on the university-wide Community and Civic Engagement Committee, bolstering efforts to promote community-engaged teaching, learning and scholarship. In the fall of 2017, he was part of the inaugural Greeley Multicultural Festival, which grew out of a partnership between the UNC School of Music and the Greeley Refugee Center. In 2014, he initiated the UNC Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. As faculty mentor of this organization, he supports student engagement with the residents in assisted living facilities in Greeley, Colorado, and has helped to enhance collaboration between the university community and the wider community of music teachers and students in Greeley.