Take it Inside: Transforming spaces through arts-based resistance
Melissa Proietti & Sterling Downey
Tuesday, April 10th @ 7:00 p.m.
Take it Inside; Transforming spaces through arts-based resistance
The graffiti culture-inspired exhibit space, `Fresh Paint,` in Montreal inspired a new generation of high school students to take space in their school and their curriculum. Opened in 2011, Fresh Paint is an ephemeral art space which welcomes artists from an urban arts background to transform indoor spaces in new ways. Challenging the notion of what an exhibit space is and who has access to it, Fresh Paint became a hub for local and international artists to meet and create within its different locations. Five years later, students at James Lyng High School were given the chance to run a gallery space of their own. How they chose to interact with the space, the artists, and their community became an eye-opening experience about arts-based resistance and the power of the arts for those who choose to interact in these spaces.