The Southwest Airlines Art & Social Engagement Project at Emory

Jun. 12,  2013


The Southwest Airlines Art & Social Engagement Project at Emory University


Emory University is excited to announce that Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is the Official Airline Sponsor of the Ethics & the Arts program at the Emory University Center for Ethics.

 Under the supervision of Carlton Mackey, Director of the Ethics & the Arts program and Edward Queen, Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership program, 9-12 students will be invited to work with Atlanta-area artists to create public art projects reflecting important social issues in Atlanta.  Each student will receive 3 credit hours for participating in The Southwest Airlines Art & Social Engagement Project – a semester-long course.

“This program is unique and it directly highlights Southwest Airlines’ commitment to social issues that affect the communities we serve,” said Quinnie Jenkins-Rice, Community Affairs & Grassroots manager at Southwest Airlines. “Our partnership with Emory University can, through visual art, creatively display the importance of recognizing Atlanta’s social issues and challenges.”

The Director of the Ethics & the Arts program, Carlton Mackey said, “Southwest Airlines understands social issues on a local level and are innovative in their approach of harnessing the power of art as a means to communicate their dedication to the communities they serve.”

Set to begin in the fall 2013, and continue through the spring of 2014, The Southwest Airlines Art & Social Engagement Project will work with Emory University undergraduate students, community leaders, and local artists.


The Ethics and The Arts Initiative encourages ethical discourse and debate through, and about the arts, and partners with signature arts organizations to demonstrate the way art challenges our perspectives. The production of art, its role in public conversation, its preservation, and its presentation, all provoke us to confront ethical challenges, sometimes in startling new ways. We are committed to inspiring innovative thought by using creative expression to elevate moral discourse; bringing together communities while prompting ethical dialogue between students, artists, scholars, and the general public.


In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.  The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at