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The Black School – Harlem: In the Freedom School Tradition

Inspired by community run schools founded throughout Black American history, The Black School: Harlem is an experimental art school that combines art making workshops with presentations and group discussions on radical Black political theory. During The LP residency, The Black School: Harlem will take up residence in existing Harlem-based high schools and youth organizations. Visiting artists will teach art making techniques such as creative writing, screen printing, collage, photography, and other forms of image making. Following study and discussion, students will then create collaborative site-specific projects that address community needs. Building on the principles of the Freedom Schools of the Civil Rights movement and The Black Panther Party’s Liberation Schools during the Black Power movement, The Black School will use a socially engaged proactive practice to educate Black/PoC students and allies on how to become radical agents of social and political change.

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