My murals and this blog go hand in hand. The plan was, you see, that, hopefully, the murals would attract visual attention and then the soon-to-be-made QR codes, placed right next to the posters, would lead the viewer to this blog where they are able to read up on the topics of the posters. By the time readers read this, the QR codes should be up and are the reason why several of the readers are here now. So, thanks for reading, till now!
I have created two images and put them up in two locations on school campus that are placed in high traffic areas. They face inward, toward the campus, since they are deliberately made for student/faculty/staff consumption. These issues concern them and they are the ones that need to act to change conditions in and around campus.
To move along, my studio project thesis:
Using figures from Kansas City’s past, these two posters address the impact of institutional racism while simultaneously advocating for change in society today.
In the first image, I have a figure of JC Nichols dragging his finger through the city, specifically through Troost Ave, dividing the city into a black people side and white people side. This in reality happened when he professionalized urban planning and created a sustainable urban system that thrived off of racism and fear. The system was, and still is, highly profitable for privileged white populations. In the following posts, I will summarize and provide links to information that goes into detail about how this city’s division came to be, how it persists today, and the enduring effects of that divide. I will also offer several solutions for change if viewers would like to take a look at what the community is doing to try and improve the situation. A helping hand is always welcome!
In the second image, several icons of the Walt Disney company are used (in a loose way) to bring up the fact that the school and city celebrate Walt Disney (the man) for having taken his art classes at Kansas City Art Institute. While this by itself is not a bad thing, it does highlight how the city and school tend to focus on its white success stories. By using the boat and canoe images, a metaphor was made about how different people (specifically black and white people) are stuck with different foundations. These foundations are made and fixed into place by systematic racism and prejudices, which I will go into with information and links like the image above. And, again I will offer solutions to KCAI’s teacher diversity problems.
With hope and optimism, I look forward to this project’s completion and possible spread to many readers.