Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out!
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
114 W. Marsall St.
Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out! is the newest exhibition and mixed-reality experience by Performing Statistics (a project of ART 180), that connects incarcerated teens with artists, legal experts, and policy advocates to radically reimagine Virginia’s juvenile justice system. This year’s exhibition places attention on the school system, highlighting the ways our school system pushes teens out and into the school-to-prison pipeline.
This past summer the teens worked with filmmakers, muralists, photographers, poets, radio producers, Richmond’s local community print shop Studio Two Three, and others to create a multi-media exhibition that opens October 5 at 6 p.m. at ART 180 (114 W. Marshall St).
The exhibition will include a new virtual reality film made by the teens, a documentary film about the school-to-prison pipeline, interactive audio installations that use human touch to activate stories from youth in the system, and more. The centerpiece of the exhibit includes curriculum co-designed by teens at Richmond’s Juvenile Detention Center and local high school and middle school teachers. The curriculum will engage hundreds of students across the region this fall, and the exhibit will include both the original curriculum and the student responses.
By combining some of the oldest storytelling methods (spoken word) with the most emerging technologies (virtual and augmented reality), the teens learned a multitude of skills to amplify their voices and dream of a more just world. After the exhibition at ART 180, the teen’s art and advocacy materials will spend the year touring across the state (to schools, museums, police departments, public spaces, and beyond) to spark dialogue and activate communities around the causes, impacts, and alternatives to the school-to-prison-pipeline.