Wear Your Words

By: Jayna Hintz, curator of education on May 14th, 2014

Wear Your Words on view at the Woodson Art Museum features teens’ social-action statements – upcycled garments from recycled materials. Through this and a recent Art Speaks exhibition of teen artwork created from repurposed furniture, the Museum continues to keep the voices and vision of young area artists in the public eye.

Wear Your Words hat artwork

The Museum’s Teen Art Council (TAC) invited teens to identify social issues for artistic exploration and to raise public awareness. Area teens met multiple times and each determined a public message and wrote a constructive and proactive slogan to best convey that message. The slogan became the foundational idea they then expressed through their artwork. The mediums and methods for creating the Wear Your Words artworks were inspired by ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, but the messages are their own – pressing social issues for which these teen artists are advocating change.

You can celebrate, support, and participate in the students’ creative efforts. View Wear Your Words through June 15. How can you take action to advocate for social change? A first step could be participating in the group puzzle sculpture adjacent to the teens’ artwork. Draw or write on a provided puzzle piece stating or illustrating a social problem you would like to see addressed in your community. By contributing a puzzle piece to the participatory sculpture, you’ll join area teens in taking action to create positive change.

Nancy Judd works with teensNancy Judd working with teensParticipatory puzzle sculpture


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