By Dubhe Carreno
Culminating Project Objective
Throughout our unit we planned to incorporate activities leading towards a culminating project that would utilize art as a vehicle for activism. This culminating project would be an exhibition of drawings, paintings, photography, objects and writings that would serve as a platform for the expression of students views about their educational system, their community and their world as they see it. The objective is to have students become agents of change and believe in their ability to make a positive impact in their own lives and in their community. The end result would be an event/ student exhibition where students' friends, family, teachers and the community at large would be invited to see paintings, drawings, art installations and objects created by students as well as poetry readings and music during the opening night .
Ongoing Student Activities Leading to Final Event
1. Statement - identifying problems within the community you live in.
2. Research the historical reasons behind these issues.
3. Research must include interviews with fellow students and older members of the community
4. How has deculturalization affected your community?
5. Research historical resistance to deculturalization - e.g slave rebellions, Black Panthers, Civil Rights Movement.
6. As a student what is your plan of action to address the process of deculturalization?
7- Art workshops in painting, drawing, sculpture and installation art.
8- Art seminars discussing artists who use art as protest and activism
9- Field Trip to the Du Sable Museum/ Curator Talk (discussion on how objects are displayed to convey ideas and information)
10- Guest Speaker: Candice Hunter (contemporary artist currently exhibiting at the Dusable Museum) will speak about using art as a plataform for exposing issues affecting the individual and the collective. Art as activism
Plan of Action -
1. Resistance through protest art. Using visual imagery to highlight social injustice and how it can be overcome.
2. Use stories, interviews or poetry to highlight injustice and how to address it.
3. Select music and videos that address issues or inspire a change to be projected during opening night (such as Suli Breaks.)
PBS Art 21 Series on Ai Wei Wei:http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/ai-weiwei