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INVITATIONS
TOWARD
RE-WORLDING


THE BLACK
SCHOOL


by RENATA DEL RIEGO

This excerpt of Principals and Questions from our Process Deck are currently being used as focus points for our current TBS: Design Studio Apprenticeship cohort's Reading Group Curriculum. The 5 apprentices ages 17-22 chose these principals themselves. The questions are used to interrogate the principals and advance ideations for applying/amplifying them in the world. Our Apprentices are using these principles and questions to help focus their exploration of written works, visual art, poetry, documentaries and hip hop created by black authors, activists, poets, artists and rappers but they can be applied broadly by readers of the Creative Time Think Tank.



Principles

Black Radicalism

Education
Health & Wellness
Self Love
LGBQTIA+ Rights
Environmental Justice

Focusing Questions

  • What is an everyday symbol of (insert principle here)?
  • How might you encourage (insert principle here) in your community?
  • How might you support pre-existing efforts to encourage (insert principle here) in your community?
  • What opportunities exist to impact (insert principle here) in your community?
  • What is the context of the issue?
  • What do you want to learn about (insert principle here)?
  • What strategies/tactics have been tried in the past in relation to (insert principle here)?
  • Who are experts on the issue?
  • What is your goal?
  • What do you want to change about your community?
  • What is the problem?
  • How is the problem framed in popular media?


Jen Delos Reyes is a 'farmer of sorts and an artist of sorts,' educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. She is defiantly optimistic, a friend to all birds, and proponent that our institutions can become tender and vulnerable. Delos Reyes is currently in Chicago, IL where she is living at SIDE by SIDE, a future residency for BIPOC arts and culture leaders and artists to rest and rejuvenate, and cultivating Garbage Hill Farm, the onsite Community Supported Agriculture andArt program that supports the endeavor. She is the Associate Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she works to promote arts education access at the city’s only public research university.




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