These shirt designs were created by my students at Waldo Burton Boys Home in protest of gun violence. I implemented this project in response to the Mother’s Day shooting here in New Orleans, especially because this is a very high-risk group of students.
First, we had some long discussions about gun violence, and shared personal experiences and reflections about the use of guns. Then we discussed the power of imagery to change minds, and how artwork can spread messages and cause new ways of thinking. I explained to the boys that one quick way to spread images is by wearing them on shirts. We then brainstormed together and came up with some catchy, uplifting messages to be paired with illustrations. They boys came up with the concepts of “Rise Up” and “Change the Station”, and drew the illustrations. We then created silkscreens and printed our own shirts.