Last Summer we sat down with the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia to discuss their Artrepreneurs Youth Education Program. We were interested in the ways we could share the skills that Philadelphia Printworks has developed over the past 8 years.
With the support of the amazing team at Mural Arts we developed a curriculum which covered an entire T-shirt release cycle.
Our aim was to instill a sense of merchandising that would compliment their artistic practice. We taught them how to conceptualize a T-shirt design for social change. Then how to translate that concept into a final design. (They decided to focus on mass incarceration!) We also showed them how to screen print for commercial use.
And we learned so much more from them. The next generation of kids are more advanced than we ever were at their age. We’re hopeful and excited to see what they set out to do!
The third and final session of our 1-year residency begins in January. We’ll keep you posted with how it’s going!
In the mean time, you can learn more about the Artrepreneurs here!