Becoming: Art lessons for identity formation, historical understanding, and youth empowerment

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Becoming: Art lessons for identity formation, historical understanding, and youth empowerment

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Becoming is a two-part curriculum, developed by Kristen Brown. In part one, youth explore their own identity, societal expectations, and leadership through photography, wood construction, and performance work.  The set of projects is broken up into three phases: exploration, art-making, and civic engagement. By the end of the first unit, youth will be able to identify racism and speak to this through a performance using their own handmade soapbox.

In the second unit, the questions that string through these lessons encourage participants to think critically about who they are, the decisions they make, and where these decisions are leading them in life. Most importantly, it prompts reflection on how we become the people we want to be. It addresses these topics through artistic processes, such as, photography, video, and fashion design.

This curriculum is the first of series of projects all pertaining to similar questions and investigations, culminating in site-specific murals throughout communities within East Baltimore, Maryland. 

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