You buy the land and you tear down all the properties,
Did you forget that we were already living in poverty?
— Excerpt of poem from Creative Justice youth leader Jazmine Speed
Homelessness, gentrification, poverty, drugs — these are a few of the heavy issues youth tackled head-on through photography and poetry at a recent pop-up art exhibit produced by 4Culture’s Creative Justice. The result is a personal, raw look at a side of Seattle rarely seen or promoted in the mainstream media.
Creative Justice is an arts-based alternative to youth incarceration. Developed by 4Culture, Creative Justice mentor artists lead intensive, 16-week sessions that interweave art lessons, social justice and leadership-building skills. The program particularly focuses on youth of color, low-income youth and LGTBQ youth.
What’s Good 206 Producer Megan Murnane attended the art exhibit featuring participants’ artwork (primarily photography and poetry). We Still Live Here showcases the personal stories of how participants are affected by the rapid changes in their neighborhoods. Murnane also talks to participants about the impact the art and the program has had on their lives.
Megan Murnane is a freelance journalist and videographer. She has had work featured in Crosscut, KING 5, and the Global Post. She is a recent graduate of Washington State University (WSU) with specialization in multimedia journalism and broadcast production. She has a second degree in history and a minor in political science. During her time at WSU, she was also the President of Cable 8 Productions and the Association for Women in Communications. She has had the opportunity report internationally from Cuba and Nepal. You can follow her on Twitter @MeganMurnane.More stories by Megan Murnane