Students from the School District of Philadelphia’s John Bartram High School are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming first place in the Aspen Challenge: Philadelphia competition at Drexel University on April 11. A team comprised of eight students and two educator-coaches came up with a winning solution to Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director Jane Golden’s challenge to use art to raise awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline and promote restorative justice and education. It was enough to earn them all-expense paid trips to present their solution at the Aspen Institute’s annual flagship gathering of global leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs in Aspen, CO. George Washington and Northeast high schools placed second and third, respectively.
The power of art is such that, when approached strategically, it can break through or transcend seemingly steadfast barriers to transform lives and bring about social reform. So, I asked these students: How do we consider an artistic approach to the school-to-prison pipeline? How could a creative campaign help to broker change?
High school students from Dallas Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) Emmett J. Conrad, Moisés E. Molina, and Sunset High Schools are headed to this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival after claiming top prizes in the Aspen Challenge: Dallas Competition at Dallas’ Union Station on March 27. Twenty-four students and six educator-coaches earned all-expense paid trips and invitations to present their solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues at the Aspen Institute’s annual, flagship gathering of global leaders, influencers, and entrepreneurs in Aspen, CO.