Hands Up (West)

2601 W North Ave Chicago

National Youth Art Movement
Written By National Youth Art Movement

The goal of the National Youth Art Movement (NYAM) is to provide youth all across America in neighborhoods besieged by gun violence with an opportunity to make their mark on the issue by using their city as a blank canvas to communicate to the entire community the impact on their lives.

Standing in front of a NYAM billboard?

Tap the image below, then hold your phone up to and in alignment with the image on the front of your postcard to activate your experience.

When NYAM asked youth in Chicago to create images that represent their perspective on gun violence -- it became clear that their points of view were multifaceted. Their artworks express the complexity of the issue and expose the many faces of violence -- from peers to police and politicians.

The image in this artwork can be interpreted in multiple ways. Many see it as an illustration of the school-to-prison pipeline, a system in which failing students are funneled out of schools and into jails and prisons. Some look at the position of the figure and see themselves – a person caught between two paths. Others see the “hands up” gesture as surrender or a symbol of protest for justice.

What do you see?

The Girls Like Me project pictured above provides 12 weeks of training in media literacy and digital storytelling to African American girls in Chicago ages 11 - 16.

Violence should never be an option. Let's provide more training & opportunities.
Find hotels near this post

Art+Activism +Technology = NYAM

Hands Up (West)

Cookie image

We use cookies on this website. You are free to manage these via your browser settings at any time. For more information about how we use cookies, please see our Privacy Policy.