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In the days leading up to and following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez arrived at the Union Square subway station and passed out blank sticky notes, urging New Yorkers to express themselves. As the notes were posted to the wall, a colorful and moving collage emerged that reflected the city's rich and diverse personal responses to a divisive moment in history. In that moment, art and activism united a community. In this DIY guide, Chavez shows young readers how to create their very own art projects with a purpose. Young artists will be inspired to share their own perspectives and make a difference in their own worlds-from their homes to schools to neighborhoods and the whole broader world.
About the Author
Matthew "Levee" Chavez is the creator of Subway Therapy, an ongoing immersive project at the Union Square subway station in Manhattan. A believer in the therapeutic power of communication and providing people with an opportunity to engage, he has worked in crisis management and education in a variety of different roles, including at a magnet school for students with autism. He is a natural born listener--strangers have always talked to him on buses, trains, subways, and planes, and sidewalks. He lives in Brooklyn.
“A change in perspective about what art can be and an exhortation to undertake projects with a purpose.” —Kirkus Reviews
“. . . will speak volumes to creative individuals yearning for wider audiences.” —Booklist
“A timely addition to crafting and bibliotherapy collections for middle grade readers.” —School Library Journal