Project Attica was started by Anthony Posada in 2010. Mr. Posada experienced first-hand the effects of discriminatory Broken Windows policing by the New York City Police Department on his neighborhood, school, and community members. As a proactive response to the over-criminalization and over-policing of his neighborhood, Anthony started making social justice themed t-shirts which intentionally challenged viewers into questioning gun violence, racism, oppression, policy brutality and discrimination in our society.
The idea of activism and art then took shape into a formal arts-based organization devoted to working with underserved youth in order to teach them how they could use art to take a stand against the issues they felt passionate about. This is how the artivist workshop combined with social justice education took root. Since then, Project Attica has grown into a collective of lawyers, activists, community members, and artists dedicated to spreading the message of using art to empower New York City youth.
We have two main goals: first, we seek to raise public awareness about the status of marginalized youth and the crisis of mass incarceration. Second, we strive to strengthen communities by promoting art projects for underserved youth, combating stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and educating residents about their legal rights.
In the past, Project Attica has led workshops on mass incarceration at Hunter School for Social work, collaborated with Law Students for Reproductive Justice on a fashion show to raise awareness for human trafficking, and we have also presented numerous times at community centers and high schools on social justice issues using art as an education tool. Since 2011 we have focused on Artivism workshops and know your rights presentations mainly at New York City high schools, successfully encouraging students to discuss social justice issues related to the criminal justice system and beyond.