Protest Posters by UAI Students
Teaching Artist Caits Meissner has been collaborating with U.S. History teacher Brodie Crawford at The Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women (UAI) to help bring history alive through they arts. Throughout the year, students will be creating projects in a variety of media that are designed to deepen their understanding of our country’s past and connect to relevant events and themes of today.
For their first project, students created original protest posters to communicate specific messages related to their study of The Bill of Rights. Students also took a field trip to Zucotti Park to interview and photograph the protesters of Occupy Wall Street to find out firsthand about what they were protesting and why. Each student wrote an essay on their own unique viewpoint on The Bill of Rights, and then looked at examples of propaganda and protest art as inspiration for their own posters directly related to the main arguments of their essays. For the final step in the project, students took digital photo portraits of one another holding their posters, and then reflected on their work and gave one another feedback.
“I think the project is awesome. We connect art to current events and the essays we wrote. I hope that people can see our posters and understand our point of view. Usually our voices aren’t heard.” – Merlissa, 11th grade
“I found it very interesting to connect our history work with our art work. It’s a good way to express our ideas about what’s going on in the world today. I hope that people see our posters and recognize, and then things change.” – Regine, 11th grade
“Basically, we had to make a thesis statement about how we felt about the governmentand make a poster to help people see our ideas. Mine is about how the Bill of Rights protects us. The Bill of Rights promises protection from the government.” – Nicole, 11th grade
“My poster says ‘Stop the Abuse of Power’.” We went to Occupy Wall Street and saw the protesters, and I’ve seen it on the news too. I hope people see what kind of power they have and how they could use it in a good way to prevent bad things from happening.” – Camiel, 11th grade
“I think it’s a really good project. It’s about our rights. We interviewed protesters to find out what they were really protesting. My poster is about how our rights can be violated sometimes, especially if you don’t know them.” – Lucey, 11th grade
“My poster is about the First Amendment and how we should be able to speak out. My poster has a person speaking out with handcuffs on their hands. I was trying to communicate that even though we have freedom of speech, we’re not so free sometimes.” – Issis, 11th grade