Workshop

Meet the Changemakers: What becomes possible when disenfranchised teens become authors of change for the better

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Our founder, Antony Posada was mentioned by nonprofit, Sheltering Arms, which provides services and support to underserved youth and local families to help them out of the cycle of poverty.


How Training Works: A Snapshot

Anthony Posada is surrounded by soda, water, takeout Chinese food, and staff and Youth Corps members, as he launches into “Know Your Rights Training on Police Encounters.” A Legal Aid Society Public Defender, Mr. Posada also founded the non-profit, Project Attica, leveraging his own brand of “artivisim” – social justice-themed art activities that help underserved communities. Posada has been on the wrong side of “stop-and-frisk” himself, so his knowledge goes deep. But so does his belief in the transformative power of art.

“Raise your hand, if you know what your Miranda rights are,” he encourages. Hands spring up everywhere – and fast. “I think you have the right to not give them your name?” someone volunteers. “I got a question,” another member says. “Don’t you have the right to remain silent?” Posada captures their ideas on the board, as the room leans in to decode mystifying laws.

For the role-playing improv on positive interaction with law enforcement, he asks, “Who wants to be the criminal?” Again, hands spring up, as do a few enthusiastic participants. “Sit down and eat your eggroll!” one jovially teases.

After role-playing, Mr. Posada pivots: “I take my cue from you – what’s on your mind most?” A lot, it turns out, based on their responses: “I feel like I would be much better on community boards. It’s a much more personal thing.” “I really want to talk to the elected officials in my community.” “We’re preaching to the choir.” “We need to write this down.”

 

Photos from our #Art and #Activism workshop at AMT High School in Far Rockaway

We were invited by AMT High School to conduct an Artivist workshop. We discussed how artivism can be used to stand in solidarity with those engaged in social movements and how we can use it to spark critical dialogue in the spaces we inhabit. Check out our photos, by Lorena Acevedo below!


Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

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. 

Photos from our #Artivism Workshop at Centro de Desarrollo Cultural de Moravia in Medellin, Colombia

We have been spreading the message of Artivism in Colombia!

We were able to follow up with the Centro de Desarrollo Cultural de Moravia in Medellin, Colombia in order to engage their participants with our artivism workshop.  When we did our first artivism workshop with the Centro Cultural de Moravia, earlier this year, we focused our group discussion on the ongoing peace process that the government of Colombia had going on at the time.

Now that Colombia has actually signed a peace agreement with the FARC there is a lot of controversial issues surrounding the peace agreement, which will be open to a public referundum.  Our artivism workshop invited the participants to grapple with those controversial issues to stimulate critical thinking through art. 


Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

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.

#ProjectAttica participates in #StopTheViolence Basketball Tournament

Over Labor Day Weekend, Project Attica was invited to collaborate with the group Stop the Violence in their basketball tournament in Cheraw, SC. Stop the Violence is an organization that annually conducts basketball tournaments in Cheraw that engage all the neighboring counties in an effort to build community through sports while also spreading the message of peace and non-violence. We supported the tournament by inviting the community to come and create a peace-based artivist t-shirt in commemoration of the day's theme to end violence. Check out the photos below!


Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

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.

Photos from our #Artivist Workshop at Cheraw High School in Cheraw, SC

Over Labor Day Weekend, Project Attica flew down to Cheraw, South Carolina and conducted artivist workshops with the local youth. During our workshop we spoke about Black Lives Matters and how artivism can be used to stand in solidarity with those engaged in the movement and how we can use to spark critical dialogue in the spaces we inhabit. Check out our photos below!


Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

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.