Here I come Standford! This Spring 2012 Quarter, in collaboration with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, the Center For Comparative Studies In Race & Ethnicity, and CultureStrike, I will be teaching a class titled Show Me Your Papers: Immigration, Youth, Printmaking & Stortelling For Social Change.
If you know students at Stanford who would like to enroll, please share this info. And if you are an educator, keep reading as well - I will be sharing my materials to all interested teachers.
The course will be examining the ways in which cultural change is often the dress rehearsal for political change. Culture - the realm of ideas, images, and stories - is where people make sense of the world, where they find meaning and forge community. We will discuss how artists around country are organizing themselves around the premise that images and stories can transform the debate around one of the most important human rights battles of our times: immigration.
2011 was a devastating year for immigrants. Once again, President Obama and his Administration Congress failed to administer relief to the estimated 12 million undocumented women, men, youth and children living in this country. On the contrary, they broke records by deporting over 1,000,000 migrants. Various anti-migrant laws were enacted in states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Utah. Alabama managed to come up with a law that far surpassed the evilness of Arizona's SB 1070.
Despite the fact that politicians tried to make it a living hell for undocumented immigrants in this country, loads of young folks came out of the shadows as undocumented and unafraid, giving the immigration movement that push of energy that it needed to challenge these laws and demand justice .
In this class, we will explore how socially-engaged printmaking and poster art can capture the richness of these immigrant youth stories to help expand the immigration debate, taking into account the real, human stories behind the headlines. The art developed in this class will be exhitibted throughout community spaces in the Bay Area along with public panel discussions and community engagement.
If you are a teacher or a instructor, or just some one who wants to teach this - please send an email to juliosalgado83 [ at ] gmail.com , and we we will get you a copy of the curriculum, as well as some support files, images, and graphics that you can use in your class. Be sure to stay in touch with us via this blog, where we will be posting updates about the class.
You can expect some visits from some of my favorite artists, printmakers, and political poster experts, including Jesus Barraza of Dignidad Rebelde, Lincoln Cushing, Paul Mullowney, Dreamers Adrift, and Martin Mizourra of Cannonball Press!(their pic below)