Project Attica has been invited once again to collaborate with the group Stop The Violence in their basketball tournament this coming Labor Day weekend in Cheraw, South Carolina. We will be working with students from Cheraw High School and Malboro county in an Artivist workshop where students will make their own t-shirts and following this they will participate in the basketball tournament. We are raising funds in order for us to provide the artivist workshop in South Carolina so that students there can learn how social justice and art can be combined to empower them.
We will conduct the artivist workshop with students from Cheraw High School and Malboro County and then we will collaborate with the Stop the Violence basketball tournament. The first part of the program will consist of students learning about the concept of artivism through an interactive workshop involving media presentations and group activities.
The interactive workshop will foster creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking. Students will learn about how art furthers social justice movements and have opportunities to identify subject areas that they would like to express through art. We will explore topics such as: current and past events that have mobilized underrepresented communities, civil rights, LGBTQ struggles, immigration, environmentalism, stop and frisk (including a know your rights segment), and, most importantly, topics that the students study and discuss independently in their own groups. After this presentation, the groups will meet again as a class to create a list of the issues that they would like to address through art. The presentation will end with a step-by-step explanation of how to create a stencil design and transpose it to a t-shirt.
Anthony Posada, a staff attorney with the Legal Aid’s Society Community Justice Unit, started Project Attica in 2011 while he was in law school. The Project’s goal is to use the arts to educate the public on the impacts of mass incarceration. Since its creation, Project Attica has taught artivism workshops to New York City youths and community members and also internationally bringing the workshop to Colombia.
Since 2011, Project Attica has brought Artivism – a free, dynamic, visual art, interactive workshop to students in New York City. Held in middle schools, high schools and community organizations in the city, Artivism provides students with a space to create works of art by expressing their views about social justice issues on wearable canvases.