Street Sm(Art) in Harlem
Or, “Education and Art in the Open”.*
Takin’ It to the Streets
Standing on the shoulders of Harlem Renaissance giants, like poet, novelist, playwright, and social activist Langston Hughes; writer, sociologist, and civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois; or signature visual artist of the movement Aaron Douglas, is a new wave of ‘Artivists’, reaching ever new heights, in Harlem.
Standing on shoulders, they can reach the walls; walls that become the canvases that will resonate their global call for education equality. Thanks to the #Not A Crime initiative by Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and activist, murals by artists from around the world, curated by Street Art Anarchy, are bringing education and art, hidden for some, out into the open.
Literacy in the Limelight
Education and work are the levers to uplift a people.
– W. E. B. Du Bois
Artists like South African Ricky Lee Gordon, Chilean muralist El Cekis, Brazilian Alexandre Keto, Brooklynite Elle, and Harlem’s own Franco the Great are using their brushes and spray cans, like levers, to bring literacy into the limelight.
This can’t help but to be one of my personal favorites, after living so long in West Africa, where this iconic tree, with all its symbolic power, graces the landscape.
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