CHAMPAIGN — The University YMCA will have an opening reception Thursday for the exhibition "Identity, Activism, and Youth," created by Urbana High School students, with leadership from Chicana artist Nancy Guevara.
The students participate in Art, Media and Design, a 21st Century Learning Center course. Guevara introduced them to design, media and art techniques that are used to educate, create awareness and inspire initiative. Her techniques also foster interest in topics through research, analysis and observation.
The students' projects included creating a response to gun violence via poster-making, collage and drawing; complicating Latino stereotypes through skits and video; and conducting interviews with students about their experience in public school. They are presenting their findings through the photography, installations and sculptures on view in the exhibition.
The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk at 6:30. Guevara will be at the opening reception.
She was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and earned her design degree at the University of Texas. Interested in the intersection of humanitarian design and public art, social justice and education, Guevara received a Fulbright scholarship for her work in "Humanitarian Design in Mexico City."
"Identity, Activism, and Youth" will be on view through Aug. 20 in the Y's Murphy Gallery, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays.