This fall, our Protest + Print class will use hand-drawing, screenprinting, and/or wheat-pasting methods to design and install a large-scale activist art project in our neighborhood. Girls will work together to identify a common theme, design graphics individually and collectively, and install work using industry-standard printmaking media. Instructors will help lead group and individual conversations about pressing issues that impact us, and help translate this conversation, hope, anger, and curiosity into a large-scale work in public space. Please note that some of the content discussed in this course may be difficult, personal, and intense. We thank you for trusting us to have these conversations with girls, and we promise to create a safe and supportive space for activist artmaking. This course is offered at no-cost thanks to the support of generous donors.
**Priority will be given to a) girls and families with limited financial resources and b) continuing girls from our 2018-2019 Protest + Print cohort
About our Protest + Print program
We created the Protest + Print class as a venue for girls to explore and express the complex personal and political issues that impact their daily lives. This is a free after-school program for high school girls, nearly all of whom are girls of color. Over the past few years, we’ve spoken with girls who feel deeply confused and worried about the future, but also inspired and hopeful that they can be the change they want to see. Protest + Print is rooted in “art as activism,” using print-making as a tool to amplify girls’ creative voices. Printmaking has been used historically and recently as an artistic tool for protest, activism and social justice, and this program continues that legacy.
Each session, we challenge girls to have personal and sometimes difficult conversations about the things that feel pressing in our lives: identity, consent, #MeToo, body image, mental health, gender discrimination, underrepresentation in politics, self-care, LGBTQ questions, and more. We use these conversations to make personal and collective print-based work, using screen printing, hand-drawing, wheat-pasting, and other large-scale graphic installation techniques to bring our voices to life. Previous projects have included a group “picket sign” poster, individual posters in response to social issues, and an installation of wheat-pasted hand symbols at a local middle school.
Program Quick Facts:
- When: Wednesdays, 3 after-school sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring)
- Who: 16-24 girls per year, 9th-12th grade, currently 90% girls of color
- What: 3 print-based projects per year
- How: By online application each season
- How much: No cost to girls or families
- Instructors: HyeYoon Song, Emily Pilloton