‘BANG, BANG, BANG!’, 12.5” x 19”, Screen prints, 2017.
These posters were created for this year’s America Scores Inspired Art Benefit Auction. Artists are paired with student poets and create a piece inspired by the youth’s poem. The benefit takes place June 10, 2017. More information can be found here: http://inspiredartcleveland.com/.
The poem I chose, written by 5th grader, Aaliyah :
Living in Cleveland
These streets are getting worse.
People getting killed in Cleveland,
The West side,
The East side,
Everywhere in this city.
The rich are getting richer.
The poor are getting poorer.
Slow creep, shots fired,
BANG, BANG, BANG!
Innocent baby is dead!
6 months, a 3yr old and a 5yr old,
All in one month.
I watch the news and think to myself,
This violence needs to stop!
We need a community meeting
I love Cleveland, just without the violence!
This is my life, living in Cleveland.