FALL 2020 FORMAT
For fall, Protest + Print will take place with a smaller group of ten girls. We will work together in-person, both outdoors at the mural site and at Girls Garage, though some of our design work may be completed together online. Applications were opened August 1 with limited spots available on a rolling basis. Applications are NOW CLOSED until December 1, when applications will open for our Winter 2021 cohort.
Masks and distancing will be required; please help keep everyone safe by observing our COVID-19 guidelines.
FALL PROJECT – DESIGNING A COMMUNITY MURAL
Inspired by the proliferation of community-based murals in the East Bay, we will be designing an outdoor mural. We are excited to take our activist art to a whole new scale and contribute to the larger movement of creative protests.
GENERAL PROGRAM INFO
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, an installation of wheat-pasted hand symbols at a local middle school, and a publicly exhibited collection of flag-inspired posters.
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.