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U.S. Department of Education – Total Tolerance: Select Works by 2018 YoungArts Winners in Design, Photography, Visual Arts and Writing

May 4, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of Total Tolerance: YoungArts Exhibition Opening

The works on view—created by 2018 YoungArts winners in design, photography, visual arts and writing—celebrate religious, cultural, gender and racial diversity. Whether the artists are creating work that is directly rooted in their own lived experiences or sharing their personal views on issues of inequality and social justice, they are united in rejecting narratives of intolerance.

With a deliberate and critical eye, we find these artists questioning existing systems and prescribed outlooks through their practices. Total Tolerance evokes a process through which representation and dialogue can take shape to call for alternative, inclusive perspectives on the very real issues of the day.

Featuring: A spoken word performance by TiKa Wallace

Remarks: Evan Plummer, Senior Director of Education, National YoungArts Foundation and Jason Botel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education


May 4, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building Auditorium
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202 United States
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Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits