Social Justice Collages
In the spirit of Romare Bearden
By Seventh Grade
Seventh graders explored the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), an African-American artist who worked in collage, oil paint, watercolor, and many other materials. He created many of his collages as social justice statements during the Civil Rights movement, to celebrate and to make public the arts and culture that was taking place in predomininantly African-American areas such as Harlem. His collages captured both the struggles and the joy that African-American communities experienced during the Civil Rights movement and beyond.
Romare Bearden, Jamming at the Savoy, 1980-81
Seventh graders chose a social justice topic with which they feel a connection. They used collage materials such as magazines to create their own statement pieces.