Our summer teen arts program centered on the Black Lives Matter movement, with members creating art in response to systemic racism and the injustices people of color face every day, and to address issues in their communities. Members examined protest art and studied artists, including Carrie Mae Weems, Emory Douglas, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frida Khalo. Youth worked as a collective, in small groups, on multiple art projects, including creating mosaics that spell out Black Lives Matter and portraits of black peoples murdered due to police brutality. Their final individual art pieces were displayed at a public art gallery at the Johnny Hartman Plaza, empowering our members to use art as a tool for advancing social justice.
Our members’ original and inspiring artwork is displayed below.