Saturday, January 14, 2017
4p – 6p
Center for Creative Education
464 Main Street, Beacon
In December 2016, The “I’m Tired” Project co-founder Paula Akpan and Teaching Artist/Project Coordinator, Donna Mikkelsen conducted workshops on micro-agressions, stereotypes and assumptions with the entire student body at Beacon’s Rombout Middle School. Each of the 600+ students were invited to write their own statement and accompanying explanation on paper. The statements were then written on the students’ hands and photographed. The photographs have been on view at the middle school through the holidays, and will now also be on view at the Center for Creative Education at 464 Main Street, Beacon.
Please join us for an opening reception to from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Center for Creative Education. Students, families and the community are all welcome to attend.
About the “I’m Tired” Project:
The “I’m Tired” Project utilizes art as a tool for social justice by highlighting the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions and stereotypes.
(Photo Credit: Ming Au)
Co-creators and recent University of Nottingham (UK) graduates Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans use social media to share photos of what participants are most tired of, which is displayed across their bare backs creating a positive space for people to share their personal stories. Participants remain anonymous providing a safe and honest platform to be both vulnerable and empowered.
Since its inception in July 2015, The “I’m Tired” Project has effectively initiated a social debate around daily prejudices faced by people from all walks of life. It has succeeded in reaching over 2 million people, spanning 45 countries.
In February 2016, Paula and Harriet received the prestigious “Points of Light Award” from the British Prime Minister. The project has been featured in the Huffington Post, TeenVogue, and The New York Times, and have exhibited their work in New York and Nottingham, UK.
More info: The “I’m Tired” Project
Contact: Donna Mikkelson