Past: Community Arts as Activism Workshop

When: Saturday, June 11, 2022, 11:00am

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Left image: Two children standing side by side with their backs turned to the camera. Child on the left wearing a green cape with star and the letter “A” stitched on. Child on the right wearing a yellow cape with a design stitched on to it. Right image: The Katal Center protesting their “Cut, Shut, Invest” campaign by holding cardboard scissors.
From left to right: Ruvan Wijesooriya, 2021,The Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice, 2021.

We invite you to celebrate art-making and explore its ongoing meaning and role in justice, equality, and freedom for all with the help of the Wide Awakes and the Katal Center with Josh MacPhee on June 11th from 11am–2pm. 

This event is a drop-in, art-making workshop for families and children. Free with museum admission. Registration is recommended. 

Please bring a light-colored t-shirt or tote bag of your choosing for your screen printing design. 

11am–2pm: Cape-Making activity for all ages, facilitated by the Wide Awakes 

11am–2pm: T-shirt Screen Printing for all ages, facilitated by the Katal Center with Josh MacPhee 


About the Wide Awakes: Inspired by the Wide Awakes of 1860, a group of young abolitionists who banded together and devised a radical plan to support abolitionist efforts, the Wide Awakes have re-emerged to fight for justice, democracy, and welfare for all people. They are an open-source network that radically reimagines the future through creative collaboration. 

About the Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice: Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice is a community organization that works in Connecticut and New York to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance equity, health, and justice for everyone. We envision a world where all communities have the resources and power to exercise self-determination and participate meaningfully in the democratic process. 

About Josh MacPhee: Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative ( and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements ( 

This program is part of the Museum’s Freedom Week: A Journey into Art and Activism celebration in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of our ongoing exhibition, Activist New York. 


Activist New York and its associated programs are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

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Family and Community Engagement Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Tianaderrah Foundation. Additional support provided by Council Members Diana Ayala - District 8, Bill Perkins - District 9, and Keith Powers - District 4. 

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.   

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