This past weekend, IDEA hosted DC LEVEE's New Orleans and Back Community Action Program's third annual CARE Conference. CARE (Community Art Representing Everyone) brought together students from across the city who have already begun to learn about the building blocks of community art and action, as well as dozens more students who helped create a magnificent mural on IDEA's outside wall near our kitchen gardens, facing 46th Street NE.
"Max Levi Frieder, a community-based public artist and founder of Artolution, who travels globally to create conflict resolution murals, led the students' creative process to develop and paint the mural," explained DC LEVEE founder and IDEA teacher Jennifer Sonkin.
Other activities during the CARE Conference included workshops on writing graphic novels, illustration comic books, building sculptures from recycled materials, storyboarding, editing public service announcements, creating art projects for local community gardens, and healthy living. Students planned and organized the conference around topics important to them, all through a lens of growth and social justice.
Ronnie Webb of Green Scheme led a discussion on healthy living in our community and taught students how they can begin the process in their own communities. The Green Scheme is an organization designed to educate people of diverse cultural backgrounds about their role in the environmental movement, including addressing pollution, safety in green spaces, accessing healthy food, and clean communities.