Friday, November 5, 2010

Just Harvest's '15 Minutes...'

Just Harvest dipped into the intersection of art and youth activism yesterday at the Andy Warhol Museum on Pittsburgh's North Side.

Co-Director Tara Marks spoke about JH's mission and principles to a group of high school-age women from the Warhol's 'Power Up' after-school program. The program combines design and silkscreen techniques with health education and community participation. Recently, the group has shown its work at the SPACE Gallery Downtown, as part of the Paper Politics exhibition of political printmaking this past summer.

The Warhol's Heather White, who helps to run the program, said that Power Up is in its second year and in the past has worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The Birth Circle and The East End Food Co-Op. After one or more information sessions with an organization, the students design some form of print material based on its mission (usually, a silkscreened poster, t-shirt, or 'zine).

The ladies had great questions and very cool ideas inspired by JH's commitments to community organization, application assistance services, and policy advocacy. Tara engaged the group with stories of her own experiences as a food stamp client and social activist, and presented some examples of real cases from JH's service work.

We're all looking forward to seeing the great work that the Power Up team turns out - watch this space for exclusive previews!

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