RedLine is a contemporary art gallery in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver that fosters education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. AUL is involved in the EPIC Arts program, which involves eight K-12 schools in the Denver Metro area. Each school is paired with a resident artist, and AUL is grateful to be working alongside Clay Hawkley for this project.
Students have been working this trimester to create their own social justice based piece to be shown in the RedLine Gallery later this spring.
The class first spent a month learning about social justice and how art plays into this by allowing us to share our voice. They also spent time visiting galleries (RedLine and MCA Denver), heading out to Red Rocks to draw, and finding inspiring locations to draw around the city.
Currently, students are creating pieces that highlight their personal interactions and experiences with mental health as it relates to their life. Students share that they hope in their vocalizing mental health concerns, they may help others understand that they’re not alone in their struggles.
Projects involve the duality of a young Mexican-American in 2018, homage to those who have passed away, the acknowledgement of anxiety, the juxtaposition of internal struggle and outward appearance and the possibility of a better future, a personal journey with depression, and a glimpse into the up and coming verses of a young vocal artist.