THE EVANSTON ART CENTER IS PROUD TO HOST A 3-DAY EDUCATIONAL STREET ARTS PROGRAM
The Evanston Art Center&rsquo s Education Program is proud to be a part of a yearlong series of Chicago street art exhibitions/actions initiated by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. We look forward to hosting a 3-day educational program around street art called Street Arts as Public Pedagogy: Learning from the Margins. The goal of these events is to highlight artistic cultural efforts by those working in the realms of street art, hip-hop, education, and the visual arts so that we may grow visibility and awareness of these practices for audiences who may or may not have direct contact with them. We also want to shift how our communities view graffiti, youth, hip-hop, education, and art.
&ldquo The connotation of graffiti is vandalism, but this is a narrow way of looking at it,&rdquo said Keith Brown, Director of Education. &ldquo There&rsquo s a well-known graffiti culture in our metro area and we want to tap into that. As an Art Center, we have to pushing boundaries to expand our understanding of art.&rdquo Join us for a variety of programs made possible by our successful Kickstarter campaign.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Film-Screening: Louder Than A Bomb (Friday 7-9pm)
Participants: Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel
The screening of Louder Than A Bomb will be followed by discussion with the film&rsquo s producer/director team. The award-winning documentary follows four teams of students competing in the world&rsquo s largest youth poetry slam held in Chicago every year. The film touches on larger themes of engaging young voices and encouraging DIY collaborative culture that will be explored in our street art educational programming.
Hip-Hop Education Day (Saturday 12-6pm)
Participants: University of Hip-Hop and Friends
Students from Chicago&rsquo s University of Hip-Hop, a multidisciplinary school of the street arts that uses hip-hop for youth education and leadership development, will showcase their work alongside a number of workshops and presentations open to the community.
Graffiti Writers Art Presentation (Sunday 1-3pm)
Chris Silva, Ruben Aguirre, and Jordan Nickel
Join us for a discussion with these street artists on their work!
Educators Panel Discussion (Sunday 3-5pm)
Andres Hernandez, Craig Harshaw, Michael Aguilar, Jorge Lucero, Caitlin Bruce
Join professionals who work in youth and hip-hop related field for a stimulating discussion on a variety of topics relating to youth incarceration, vandalism, public art, permission walls, chill walls, graffiti in contemporary art and art schools, and graffiti-based art education with youth.