CREW students with Teaching Artist Benjamin Rojas (third from left) and their sculpture.
This summer Urban Arts Partnership launched a new program called CREW (Creating Responses for an Emerging World), for students who are interested in visual arts and social justice. CREW participants spent three weeks looking at master work created in response to social issues. During their time together, students chose an issue that they felt had a great impact on young people – teen suicide. They discovered suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers and decided to create a 3D sculpture to raise awareness of the issue.
On the final day of the program, participants took their sculpture to Union Square where they spoke with people in the street about their art piece and teen suicide.
To see more photos from our first CREW session, click here.