“Often at-risk youth are robbed from their innocence without them knowing. I think art is a way in which we can bear witness to what they have gone through” -Eddie Bocanegra (above, with one of his students)
Eddie Bocanegra, one of three violence interrupters with CeaseFire Chicago featured in 2011’s The Interrupters, has worked tirelessly to curb the violence on the city’s streets and provide alternatives to at-risk youth. In addition to his work as a violence interrupter, he’s worked as an educator and an advocate for ex-offenders, all while earning a bachelors in social work from Northern Illinois University.
This summer he’s collaborated with the National Museum of Mexican Art to put together “Stop the Violence with Art”, a program designed to give young people whose lives have been affected by violence a creative outlet to express their feelings.
The exhibit opens tomorrow (July 6th) with a screening of The Interrupters followed by a conversation with Eddie Bocanegra and the young artists featured.
We hear everyday about the lives lost to street violence; come by tomorrow to support some of the people working hard to make a change.
Time Warner would love it if Anonymous kept up the sales of Guy Fawkes masks, but we’d rather make our own - check out these inspired, cheap art masks a la Bread and Puppet. What about making masks from woodcuts? That’d be easy, and fun! Whose interested? We are dreaming about double sided politician masks, sheep police, or what about masks with demographics on them to bring them to life?
Robert Sebanc’s painting “Rahm with a Gun”, part of a series, in the Peoples Summit Gallery curated by the Rebel Arts Collective. “POTUS with a gun” is hanging next to this painting.
@chicagosmayor looks like he doesnt play when comes to the money man. #art #PeoplesSummit (Taken with instagram)
This is by Larry Chait, a photographer in Chicago who has done two recent projects related to OWS. At our last meeting he brought in a small version of this, as well as detail shots. We’re really excited about this combination of art and information, and we hope it will inspire you too!
From Larry’s website:
"I created this image in support of the We Are the 99%/Occupy Wall Street movement. The image consists of 1225 photos taken from the wearethe99percent.tumblr.com site, where people show themselves holding signs telling their stories and expressing their feelings about the sorry state of affairs for the vast majority of the citizens of this country. The images are arranged in a 35 x 35 grid. I lightened or darkened each square of the grid to form the QR code for the website. The image thus functions as a QR code, scanable by smart phones, while still retaining a “human” face. Many of the faces and some of the written signs remain visible and readable. The full-res image is 21,000 pixels square, and at billboard resolution (say, 30 pixels/inch) could be presented as large as 60 feet square. My plan is to make the image available to whomever can use it in support of the movement.”