The idea for Race and Revolution was born out of feeling disempowered by all of the racial violence and vitriol that has been occurring in the United States. As one person what could I do to feel like I was doing my part to speak out against these acts and words? Race and Revolution aims to bring the conversation of race and racism from the past into the present. The answer revealed itself through art and history.
The interpretive nature of art allows a viewer to respond in a personal way, while the language of historical documents speaks to the facts. I began to ask myself what would happen if I combined these two: contemporary art that deals with social and political issues with the explicit language written by historical heroes of the United States. How could artists bring to light the notion that history keeps repeating itself by responding or reacting to these documents through visual art?
Last summer Race and Revolution tackled racism during the American Revolution. This summer it looks at the enduring legacy of school segregation. Seventeen artists, most of them classroom teachers and one of them a high school student, share their talents and firsthand experiences of what schools in the 21st Century United States look like.