Informed, Empowered

 

“Many of the young artists wanted to address the issue of military recruiting, and targeting youth in low-income areas. As a result of the No Child Left Behind Act, military recruiters have access to high-school students contact information, so not only are they being approached in their schools, but also within their own homes. Utilizing a visual style inspired by war-time propaganda posters from around the world, the mural portrays three strong young women in classic military poses, armed not with violent weapons but with tools of creation and education. Banners that read, We Are Not Government Issued, and Arm Yourself with the Knowledge to Think for Yourself stream along the wall.”

– Groundswellmural on youtube.com

“Anti-Recruiting Mural Comes Into View” Article

Voices Her'd Mural

“Paratroopers are drifting down to earth — well, down the side of a Brooklyn apartment building — and slowly being helped back on their feet. This scene has finally come into full view in Sunset Park, where a group of young women this summer painted a mural that was their response to military recruiters in their schools and neighborhoods.

The official dedication is not until Sept. 6, but its creators are hoping it will spark the kind of dialog on the military they feel has been missing from the public square.”

Anti-Recruiting Mural Comes Into View by David Gonzales

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Students, Non-Profit Group Work Together To Beautify Neighborhoods

A group of girls and their instructors put the finishing touches on a mural Monday at a school in Park Slope.

The theme was how art can build community and community can create social change, said lead artist Katie Yamasaki…

– NY1 News

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Groundswell Project Unites Young Women To Paint Public Murals

“The playground walls at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are quickly being transformed into works of art. Nearly a dozen teenagers are spending their summer mixing paints, dabbing paint brushes and creating colorful images.

But this mural project is much more than pretty pictures. It’s about developing skills, empowering women, employing young people, and using art as a tool for social justice. The theme here is immigration.”

– NY1 News

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