Youth Invasion 2018: Stay Woke
Taking a break from my usual journaling content to show you a glimpse of the special exhibit I was a part of at Youth Invasion, a massive teen takeover event at The Andy Warhol Museum. I was super excited that I was able to contribute to the gallery via large, hand-lettered protest signs which doubled as an interactive piece.
The Andy Warhol Museum's Youth Arts Council chose “stay woke” as the theme for the youth art exhibition. Young artists from all over Pittsburgh created artwork in response to the current political climate, social justice issues, and activism from their point of view.
They asked me to help a subcommittee of the Youth Arts Council realize their vision of creating the interactive piece, "Take Action." I facilitated a discussion with the teens about what they wanted to glean from the audience and how to turn the prompts into succinct questions reminiscent of protest signs. Together, we decided on four questions that also doubled as calls to action.
(It's always been a dream of mine to have my name in a gallery. Checked that off my bucket list!)
At the end of the gallery, participants were encouraged to write their responses after viewing all of the other amazing, thought provoking artworks and add them to a space next to each protest sign.
To “stay woke” is to be continually aware of the issues concerning social justice.
The exhibition is up for a week, from March 16–24, 2018, so if you have a chance, go check it out!