Local Exhibits by Teenage Artists Express Social Justice Concerns in
THUG SLAM Launches Online for
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Twentieth Century Fox Film and BazanED partner with cultural
institutions and artistic leadership groups across the United States to
present “The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy,” a student art
program featuring the work of teen artists empowered by Angie Thomas’
best-selling and award-winning novel, which has been adapted into a
major motion picture. A creative vehicle to promote student voices and
to support the creativity and skill of student artists, the exhibits are
available for public viewing in select cities and online starting
Throughout this exhibition, youth artists have the opportunity to
display works created in different mediums to express what they see,
think and feel about social justice issues that permeate their daily
lives — including racism, codeswitching, police brutality, gun
violence, identity and more. These issues are aptly reflected in The
Hate U Give and resonate with youth all across America.
Local exhibits are currently hosted by the Houston Museum of African
American Culture (Houston, Texas), Auburn Avenue Research Library
(Atlanta, GA), Arts @ Large (Milwaukee, WI), Algiers Regional Library
(New Orleans, LA), Reginald Lewis Museum (Baltimore, MD), and City of
Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA).
PowerPoetry.org, a not-for-profit online community for youth, will host
a competitive THUG SLAM, inviting students in grades 7-12 all across the
country to submit works of art inspired by The Hate U Give to ThugSlam.com,
and compete for top prizes in various artistic disciplines. Eligible
categories include Poetry, Film Shorts, Visual Arts, and Music. The
juried competition runs from October 12th – November 9th.
Winners will be announced beginning November 20th.
“The Hate U Give is a special story; one that moves and inspires
people of all ages to make their voices heard,” says Jessica Wiener of PowerPoetry.org.
“Young people finding their voice and using it to stand up for what they
believe in begins with sharing their stories. Sharing narrative through
artistic expression is the first step to inciting positive change for a
cause, a community, and even one’s self.”
The first exhibit in The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy program
premiered in Houston on October 5th in partnership with the
Houston Museum of African American Culture. Six young artists ranging
from ages 15-19 participated in an Artists Talkback to discuss
their reflections of issues plaguing their communities. “The museum is
thrilled to be a part of a national effort to highlight the issues of
interactions between the police and the black community that The Hate
U Give presents so cogently,” says John Guess, CEO, Houston Museum
of African American Culture. “The film is compassionate, and the fact
that it is told from the point of view of a young person resonated with
our young artists here in Houston and is reflected in their strong work.”
Student art exhibits are open to the public in the following cities:
|Houston, TX|| October 5th – November 2nd – Houston Museum of|
African American Culture
|Atlanta, GA|| October 12th – December 2nd – Auburn Avenue|
October 12th – November 2nd – Arts @ Large
|New Orleans, LA|| October 12th – November 2nd – Algiers Regional|
|Baltimore, MD|| October 14th – November 19th – Reginald Lewis|
|Pittsburgh, PA||October 16th – November 1st – City of Asylum|
Power Poetry’s THUG SLAM is open for submissions October 12th
through November 9th.
“The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy” exhibit is an extension of
the extensive educational outreach surrounding the film. Conceived by
BazanED, in partnership with school districts and national and regional
education partners, the program is designed to support educators
engaging youth in creative ways to express who they are, and enable them
to shine their light and elevate their voices. “Art is always an
excellent way to support students, as they often feel isolated and that
no one is listening,” says Jackie Bazan, Founder of BazanED. “Through
their art, they are able to communicate, be seen and be heard. We are
thankful to our local partners whose commitment to student expression
and the communities they serve made institutional exhibits possible, as
well as our online partner PowerPoetry.org, whose leading presence in
the online art community allows young people everywhere to shine their
The complimentary Companion Curriculum for The Hate U Give is
available at BazanED.com.
It includes a Curriculum Guide, featuring nine interdisciplinary lesson
plans that meet Common Core Standards, a Discussion Guide, and a Student
Social Action Guide which includes a Student Discussion Guide, enabling
youth to facilitate discussion amongst themselves. The curriculum kit
also includes photographs and video clips to support the lessons.
The Hate U Give is currently in limited release and will be in
theaters everywhere October 19th.
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ABOUT THE HATE U GIVE
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor,
mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white,
prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is
shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best
friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure
from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up
for what’s right. The Hate U Give is based on the critically
acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars
Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae,
KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie. The
Hate U Give is directed by George Tillman, Jr. Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox.
is the world’s first and largest online poetry community for youth. This
non-profit was created in 2012 by a schoolteacher from the Bronx who
believed that the website could provide a healthy creative outlet for
teens, while also moving users to action through empowered literacy.
PowerPoetry’s motto is, “If you don’t learn to write your own life
story, someone else will write it for you,” and the website gives
students the tools they need to create powerful written work without the
pressures of a strict classroom environment. The website is not just a
safe digital community for poetry students — it is a community of
socially engaged poets who use innovative multimedia art as a tool for
educational and social impact.
BazanED is a free resource for the education community providing
standards-based curriculum materials, teacher professional development,
and student experiential learning to K-12 and college educators
throughout the U.S. We collaborate with entertainment, cultural,
scientific, and financial organizations to provide educators with
engaging, grade-appropriate content to supplement and support classroom
instruction and enhance student learning.
ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion
pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes
motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced
or acquired by the following units of Twentieth Century Fox Film:
Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures,
Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Fox Family.