Art Activism
Shaping the Past
Future Memory: The Power of Message

Art Kit
(c) Joseph Hladik/Elmhurst Art Museum


The work of an artist sometimes takes the form of activism. Pairing pictures and messages is a way of directly engaging the public, from posters and signs; to stickers and t-shirts; to billboards, and even kites!
Do you want to participate in message-based artmaking? Watch this short video, as Alisha Wormsley, Ayanah Moor, and some very special helpers create from everyday objects you may already have at home. You can work alone, in pairs, in a group, or in your virtual classroom. Send us a photo of your kite, poster, or yard sign and we will publish it on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

If you'd like to create art with materials beyond everyday household items, please click the links under Sources below.

Ayanah Moor (c) Ayanah Moor
Ayanah Moor is a conceptual artist whose work explores blackness, gender, desire, and language. She works across various media to create paintings, prints, drawings, and performance.
Ayanah Moor earned a BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and MFA at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. She is Associate Professor in the printmedia department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alisha Wormsley (c) Alisha Wormsley
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support program. Wormsley has an MFA in Film and Video from Bard College and was awarded the Postdoctoral Research fellowship in art at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kites, 3" x 5" LabelsCircle Labels, Yard Signs, Stencils 

Shaping the Past is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory. 



Language: English
Price: Free