I am apply for 10 internships. At 9 different museums. All located across the country.
This sound crazy and believe me, it has been. Over Christmas break I realized that I need to get an internship, preferably one that pays, so I can have more museum experience and something nice on my resume. Today I am sending in my last two applications and if all goes well, I’ll hear back from someone.
But considering how long it’s been since I put in my other applications, I’m probably going to spend another summer in the Fort.
I hate driving. Every time I get behind the wheel, I don’t know if I will make it home. Every time a new video about police brutality released, I cry and have to work up the courage to drive so I can complete any errands I have.
The purpose of this painting is to make an impersonal piece of personal information personal again. Think about it, when you look at someone’s license if doesn’t really tell you who they are as a person. It doesn’t tell you their interests, their relationships, or their hobbies. A license, or most IDs, give other people a free pass to make assumptions about who you are as a person. For me personally, this can lead to racial profiling that can have life or death consequences.
Since making this painting, it’s actually sparked a lot of conversations with people on campus. I attend what some might considered to be a conservative school. I mean, they try to be accepting and such, but this is Texas. There is only oh so much the school can do. Anyway, the general response has been positive. People on campus seem to like my reasoning for making this painting. I’ve decided to make this a series and do the licenses of different people. I plan on asking one of my best friends and my boyfriend’s mother. If I can do this right, then I can help other minorities like myself show people that we’re really not that different from them.
Okay, let me explain. You know how on tv shows and in cartoons if the show when they show art students they are either really weird or political? Recent events have made me realize that I am becoming a political art student.
Now, I don’t think that this is a bad thing. In fact, I’m actually happy about this development. I’ve said this before, but in the past I use to keep my opinions on politics and social issues to myself. But as more things have come to light in the world and as I have been personally affected. In case you don’t already know, I am Black and I am female. There are a lot of people and things in my life that I have to fight against in order to get to where I want to be. So I’m okay with being a stereotype, it’s better than staying silent.
For Black History Month, I’ve decided to teach my students about Jacob Lawrence. He is one of my favorite artists and he’s Migration Series touches on a topic that I’ve noticed not a lot of school books talk about.
For those of you that don’t know, the Great Migration (1916-1970) was the relocation of 6 million African Americans from the rural South to the Urban North.
There was a call for industrial workers in the North because of World War I and many wanted to escape the Reconstruction of the Civil War in the South. Unfortunately, many migrants still dealt with violent racism and discrimination in the North. Jacob Lawrence created a 60 panel series called The Migration Series (1940-41) that depicted what African Americans went through. For this month’s art project I’m having my students great mixed media paintings using construction paper and acrylic paint. In the style of Jacob Lawrence, they will be recreating pictures from the Civil Rights movement.
I taught to the first group on Friday and they all seemed to enjoy the process. My goal with this lesson is to actually to my students about an important moment in history that some people thing should down played. Not talking about things such as slavery, the civil war, rasicm and all the terrible things that happened does no good for anyone.
Do not forget these people. Do not edit or hide this part of history. We need to remember it so we don’t make the same mistakes and so we can learn from the ones we’ve made.