Art A Catalyst for Change
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About Art A Catalyst for Change 

This spring the Museum piloted a set of anti-gun violence after-school programs at local middle and high schools located in police prencincts with high incidences of gun violence. In each program participants use art to create an anti-gun violence campaign. Participating schools included: M.S.301, M.S.22, J.H.S. 145 and School for Excellence H.S.

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We gratefully acknowledge leadership support of New York City Council Members Laurie A. Cumbo, Vanessa L. Gibson and Jumaane D. Williams. 

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M.S.301 Mural Project 

M.S.301 students created a portable, anti-gun violence mural on canvas. Lessons explored the relationship between community art and activism, particularly how murals can promote social justice issues in public spaces and have lasting impact. Students studied examples of murals and drafted ideas through sketches and drawings. Working collaboratively, they produced an anti-gun violence mural to communicate a specific message. Students presented their mural at two assemblies where other classes, teachers, family and community members were in attendance, and at the city-wide Hip Hop Summit held on June 24th, 2016.

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M.S.22 Poster Project 

M.S.22 students created an anti-gun violence campaign using silk-screen posters. Students engaged in dialogue about gun violence and its impact in community, and explored the relationship between art and activism, particularly the role of posters in advancing social movements. They recorded their impressions in journals and illustrated their ideas through sketches, drawings, and collage, incorporating text and visual imagery. They then translated their ideas into visual form by creating series of hand-printed posters. Students presented their final works during two school-day assemblies for other classes, teachers, family and community members, and displayed them during the city-wide Hip Hop Summit held on June 24th, 2016.

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J.H.S.145 Comic Project 

J.H.S.145 students created an anti-gun violence campaign in the form of comic books for city-wide distribution. Lessons explored the history of comics and how image, wordplay, and composition can relay several layers of meaning, while motivating readers to action. Students studied examples of comics and graphic novels that promote social change and dialogue, brainstormed ideas for their campaign, and then illustrated ideas through sketches, drawings, and collage incorporating text and visual imagery. Working collaboratively, they produced a series of anti-gun violence comic books that were distributed at school assemblies, where other classes, teachers, family and community members were in attendance, and at city-wide Hip Hop Summit held on June 24th, 2016.

 

Check out the anti-gun violence comic zine here

 

School for Excellence H.S. P.S.A. Project 

Students at the School for Excellence H.S. created an anti-gun violence campaign in the form of public service announcement. Students engaged in dialogue about gun violence and its impact on their daily lives, learned and practiced meditation/conflict resolution skills, and used theater activities to illustrate scenarios where gun-violence can be avoided. They recorded their impressions through writing exercises, sketches and drawings. They then translated their ideas into visual form through the creation of a anti-gun violence P.S.A. Students presented their final work at two school-day assemblies for other classes, teachers, family and community members, and at city-wide Hip Hop Summit held on June 24th, 2016.

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