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Critical Arts

What are Critical Visuals?

Critical visuals are a form of expression that inspires and interprets the voice of Chicago’s grassroots. As a testament of freedom, critical art serves as an initiative born from the collaboration of diverse artists with the shared goal of enhancing collective awareness and knowledge. In particular, CGCT’s Critical Visuals portal features and encourages novice and experienced artists to generate art related to CGCT’s major curriculum themes (see below).
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  • Land, Housing, and Communities (see URUR)

  • School and Education Struggles

  • Criminalization, Law, Policing, Prisons

  • (Im)migration Struggles

  • Labor, Industry and Economics

  • Health, Wellness and Health Crises (including environmental)

  • Electoral Politics and Local Power

  • Community Culture and Media

Students today live and work in a technological society.  Such a hi-tech world calls for a rapid lifestyle that requires proficient visual literacy. Art is the key to developing this literacy as it provides a profound lens through which students may perceive and respond to the visual world. Art education is vital in a balanced school curriculum, offering a component of visual literacy students need to experience the world with keen awareness and discerning judgment. Comprehensive art curricula should be conceptually based and should fuse together creative and critical thinking skills to enable students to contribute to the world as aware members of society.

 

CGCT Themed Galleries (Chicago-area focused)

Land, Housing, and Communities (see URUR) 

School and Education Struggles

Criminalization, Law, Policing, Prisons    

(Im)migration Struggles

Labor, Industry and Economics

Health, Wellness and Health Crises (including environmental)

Electoral Politics and Local Power

Community Culture and Media

   

Recommended Classroom Uses of this Portal 

Include any of the following images from the themed galleries in curriculum units for student analysis.

Print out visuals for classroom décor.

Encourage students to generate works that can contribute to the themed galleries.

Any materials submitted to the site can become part of the ever-growing library of critical GRASSSROOTS ART.

 

Contributors (Much Thanx!)

Halley Miglietta

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Matt Tuteur

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David Tobias Haymer

Kummba Lynx

Aasia Mohammad Castaneda  

Kesh T.Ross

Anna Fechtor

Terrence  T.zeye  Haymer

 

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