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Say It Loud

Art museums have started offering virtual programming again. Two weekends ago, Isabelle, Ari, and I attended an art education and creation program about Jasper Johns co-hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Today, the kids and I took part in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s art play date at home, which was about activist art in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

This morning, Leigh (the museum educator) showed the children a variety of paintings from artists who used art as a way to stand up for what’s right. There was a discussion of voting rights, which is extremely relevant given the times we’re living in.

Here’s a look at what Isabelle and Ari created during the class:

My kids watched me get involved — by making phone calls, text banking, and writing postcards — during the 2020 Election and our local election last fall. Using today’s art session as a springboard, we will begin to talk about ways they can get involved to ensure that everyone who wants to vote over the age of 18 has the opportunity to vote easily. After all, no one is too young to be an activist.

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12 thoughts on “Say It Loud

  1. I love this – what a great way to get kids involved in both art & citizenship. And their creations are thoughtful and interesting. Wow! May many parents help their children understand how important voting and voting rights are.

    1. My kids truly couldn’t understand why any decent person would want someone else not to vote. Once they realized that decency had nothing to do with it, the light bulb went off.

    1. Isabelle has already done some postcard writing with me for the past couple of elections. I think she will do more in the months to come since she has a bit of a fire in her belly now that we started talking about voter suppresion.

  2. What a springboard! I’m sharing this with both our art teacher and the third grade team as they move to opinion writing. Can I get them to combine art and persuasion?? I hope so. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I love this so much. Children have so much to say, and art gives them a voice. In one of my NCTE sessions, Carol Jago talked about teaching w/ Titus Kapur’s art. Of course it was fabulous. And I’ve been thinking a lot about the way art can be a way to have important conversations in classrooms. This is one of the things I miss in retirement. I’m so glad I read your post today. I may be reaching out to talk more about this in a few months. My compliments to the artists featured here.

  4. YES! If you have a voice, you’re not too young to use it. This is so heartening to read. (And…please tell me you’ve seen the book “A is for Activist?”

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