Sneakers for Social Justice: The Capsule Collection is a showcase of the iconic "Chuck Taylor" All-Star Converse sneakers specially customized by local high school students who saw art as a tool for social justice and youth empowerment. The students explored social justice issues (personal to them or experienced by others) and creatively translated their viewpoints, ideas and opinions onto the sneakers using a variety of mediums.
Each participant attended three workshops led by the following facilitators to prepare for the customization of the sneakers on display.
Workshop 1 | Sneaker Culture
Michael D'Abbraccio aka Mikey Dabb (Sneaker Collector)
Instagram | @thecamp0ut
Workshop 2 | Social Justice Talk
Margot Machado Knuth & Lauren Dapena Fraiz (Las Marías Gender Justice & Feminism Education)
Sneakers for Social Justice Co-Creators & Brooklyn Public Library Staff
Additional support and donations provided by:
ATMOS NYC | atmosny.com
Born X Raised | bornxraised.com
DaVinci Artist Supply | davinciartistsupply.com
Dick Blick | dickblick.com
Timothy Curtis | timothycurtisart.com/
Dee and Ricky | deeandricky.com/
List of books on Sneaker Culture and social justice
Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center, including:
Brooklyn Public Library gratefully acknowledges the many donors who have provided generous support for public programs at the Dweck Center, including: The David Berg Foundation, Fund for the Humanities, Cheryl and George Haywood Endowment for Cultural Diversity, The Hearst Foundation, Inc., The Kahn Endowment for Humanities Programs, The Miriam Katowitz and Arthur Radin Fund, Los Blancos, Mapleton Endowment, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, James J. O’Toole, Janet Anderson, the Estate of Pearl S. Reuillard in memory of her parents Yetta and Louis Schwartz, Sandra and Peter Schubert Endowment Fund, and numerous individuals.
WNYC is a media partner of the 2016-2017 BPL Presents Season.