This month, we ask students…"If you see an artwork that addresses an important issue, does it compel you to form a stronger opinion? Does crochet artist Olek’s newest public art project in Russia, made in support of the LGBT community, inspire you to think more deeply about global issues around equality? Has any artwork resonated with you in a way that made you consider your own political perspectives? If so, please share a link or something original."
We focus the prompt on street artist Olek who recently created a public installation in Russia in response to the government’s recent decision against gay rights. We highlight a recent episode of PBS Off Book, featuring interviews with Olek and Swoon (another influential female street artist) to see more examples of public artwork, and to gain a better understanding of the artists’ intentions. Please note that this video should be pre-screened by teachers before showing to students, and includes mature language.
And here's the link: