One project that will be created over the next semester, by students from the School for Excellence in the Bronx, is a newspaper that will be printed in May. The group was among the first to send letters of solidarity to the students in Parkland, Florida, who have been battling for gun regulations following last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The efforts of those students, who have tirelessly made their case on television and social media, have fiercely challenged equivocating politicians and backfooted the powerful pro-gun organization NRA as never before. As a result, the fight for gun control has been renewed across the nation.
“When young people see other young people who are mobilized politically, it’s deeply inspiring, and they feel that energy,” Rowe said.
Students at M.S. 22 in the Bronx will work with the museum’s teaching artists to develop a major mural on the back of their school—to be completed towards the end of the spring—with plans to create poster-sized versions of it that can be distributed to other schools, Rowe said. Last year, students at the Bronx’s M.S. 301 also created an anti-gun violence mural, which emphasizes conflict resolution, with practical tips like “talk it out” embedded in the design. Students play a key role in generating the material, and the artists who work with them help with the difficult work of actually transforming an idea into a full-blown mural.
Teaching artists will also help students at M.S. 301 screenprint anti-gun violence campaign posters and t-shirts. At P.S./I.S. 218, a group of roughly 25 students will work after school to create a collaborative board game that has what Rowe called “a digital component,” which is also aligned with an anti-gun violence campaign.