Critical Exposure Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Critical Exposure Exhibit

Youth Photographers Bring Light to the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Critical Exposure postcard
  • Did you know there are local youth who are using art for social justice?
  • Do you want to learn about teens who are leaders for change in their communities?
  • Are you interested in school reform issues?
If so, visit the 2nd floor west lobby to see an exhibit by Critical Exposure. Titled "End the School-to-Prison Pipeline," the exhibit features photographs, writings, student disciplinary forms, statistics and orange jumpsuits. The youth's artwork and research brings light to the school-to-prison pipeline and seeks to inspire other youth to get involved in school reform issues.

The exhibit is part of a partnership between Critical Exposure and Teen Space staff who worked together on Youth Advocacy Day for MLK Week on Jan. 15. At the event where more than 80 youth were present, youth photographers from Critical Exposure presented their exhibit and research, DC Youth Slam Team poets performed, and teens from around the city enjoyed an open mic, made their own protest buttons, and listened to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Teen Space is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Critical Exposure, a nationally recognized nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. For more information, visit Critical Exposure's site.

The exhibit is on view through Feb. 15. Don't forget to stop by Teen Space, room 208, for resources on youth activism and photography!