#Hashtags Are The New #Protest #Signs

"#Hashtags Are the New #Protest #Signs" is a visual commentary on how community action has evolved due to the influence of technology.


Students will be invited to create a avatar that shields their identity and showcases a sign that reads "hashtags are the new protest signs". Students will then be instructed to create their own hashtag through group dialouge around current social justice and relevant community issues.  Teaching Artists will connect these conversations with examples of established and/or organized movements around the topics identified by the students.

The idea is to engage students members who will both help to build the set of online avatars that raise awareness around their selected issues to a new audience. BOOM Concept's session will highlight leadership from POC communities and other communities of marginalized voices that showcases virally advocacy and connecting issues across social movements through physical and digital tactics. By utilizing street art and hip-hop tactics to create digital graffiti, students will help create/claim safe spaces for oppressed voices to build community and connect across key issues. Our ending goals are to create mass amounts of agitational propaganda in both the digital and real world space, increased awareness and advocacy of issues affecting Pittsburgh youth, exchange of storytelling and organizing strategies between communities of activist. 

 #Hashtags are the new Protest Signs is an ongoing public art project created by D.S. Kinsel existing through temporary workshops and digital archiving. The piece is a visual commentary on how community action has evolved and diversified due to the influence of technology.

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Temple S. Lovelace

Dr. Temple S. Lovelace is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her research interests include social justice and equity through a disability inquiry lens, as well as innovative classroom based instructional and intervention strategies in the areas of academic and behavior supports. With 15 years experience as an educator, she has remained committed to serving young children and supporting quality and innovative education initiatives that provide the opportunity and access all children deserve. Dr. Lovelace spearheaded the revitalization of the widely successful Fusion program, which is a partnership between Duquesne University and Center of Life, a Hazelwood-based community empowerment organization. As a graduate of The Ohio State University and a doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst, Dr. Lovelace's research has been focused on the principles of behavior analysis and education in urban contexts. Currently, Dr. Lovelace is focused on achieving equity for persons of color with disabilities and their families. In a partnership with The Color of Autism Foundation, Dr. Lovelace hopes to continue her community-based work using Pittsburgh and Detroit as models for how families, communities, schools and universities can work together in support of groundbreaking instruction and intervention supports for the Autism community. Research Interests "Making" and "Tinkering" as Evidenced Based Practices (rooted in STEAM & Literacy) Critical Citizenship of African American Students with Disabilities Youth Voice: Impact on Resilience, Engagement and Education Reform Culturally Responsive Behavior Interventions Teacher, Student, Community - Mediated Transformative Educational Practices (Behavior and Academic Interventions) STEAM-based learning for Females and other Underrepresented Group