Students develop the artistic and critical thinking skills to examine social justice.
Arts & Justice is an interdisciplinary after-school program in which students develop artistic and critical-thinking skills by examining issues in their communities. This year, Arts & Justice engages participants on New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy and how the Trayvon Martin trial has affected their lives.
Led by BAM teaching artists, students develop an original theater piece through exercises, research, and creative writing.
As part of this specially funded program, students learn fiscal and personal responsibility through a stipend they receive for participation.
All students must submit an application and complete an interview in order to be considered for the program.
Program instructor Mo Beasley is an award-winning performance poet, educator, author, and public speaker with over 20 years experience in sexuality, race, manhood, and arts advocacy work. He authored the poem No Good Nigg@ Bluez, which was adapted into a play by the same title. In 2006, The Daily News selected Mo Beasley as one of “50 Unsung New York Heroes.” Beasley has performed at the Blue Note (New York City) and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, among other venues, and has been quoted, profiled, and featured on local and national media outlets. As a workshop facilitator and lecturer, Beasley counts New York University and Medgar Evers College at the City University of New York as some of his clients.
Twenty-eight 2hr workshops.
Appropriate for grades 9—12.