Emory Douglas: What We Want, What We Believe Mural Project

  • "What We Want, What We Believe" finished mural"What We Want, What We Believe" finished mural
  • Student derived definition for "culture."Student derived definition for "culture."
  • Classroom discussion led by Alex Tyson.Classroom discussion led by Alex Tyson.
  • Classroom discussionClassroom discussion
  • Classroom discussionClassroom discussion
  • Classroom discussion led by Groundswell artist, Clare.Classroom discussion led by Groundswell artist, Clare.
  • Classroom discussionClassroom discussion
  • COINTEL PRO goalsCOINTEL PRO goals
  • Students help move and prepare the scaffolding for another day of painting Students help move and prepare the scaffolding for another day of painting
  • Adaiah working hard on a sunny dayAdaiah working hard on a sunny day
  • The mural in progressThe mural in progress
  • Student adding a finishing touch to his masterpieceStudent adding a finishing touch to his masterpiece
  • Student standing in front of the soon to be finished muralStudent standing in front of the soon to be finished mural
  • The students at working hard on a summer dayThe students at working hard on a summer day
  • Conversation led by Manager of High School Programs, Cathleen Lewis.Conversation led by Manager of High School Programs, Cathleen Lewis.
  • Students learning to enlarge images by using a grid format.Students learning to enlarge images by using a grid format.
  • Adaiah, Josh, and Jonathan working on the wall.Adaiah, Josh, and Jonathan working on the wall.
  • Andrew, Josh, Jonathan, and Lead Artist Chris Beck putting the scaffolding in place.Andrew, Josh, Jonathan, and Lead Artist Chris Beck putting the scaffolding in place.
  • Shaquoya concentrating on making one of the many straight lines in the mural.Shaquoya concentrating on making one of the many straight lines in the mural.
  • Melissa sketching out the detail work before painting.Melissa sketching out the detail work before painting.
  • Detail of finished mural.Detail of finished mural.
  • Detail of finished mural.Detail of finished mural.
  • Detail of finished mural.Detail of finished mural.
  • Detail of finished mural.Detail of finished mural.
  • Adaiah mixing paint to begin the days work.Adaiah mixing paint to begin the days work.
  • Community volunteers also participated in the mural project.Community volunteers also participated in the mural project.
  • Andrew painting an Emory Doulas image.Andrew painting an Emory Doulas image.
  • Peter carrying the railing to be placed on the scaffolding.Peter carrying the railing to be placed on the scaffolding.
  • Cyril Innis, Jr. (Brother Bullwhip in the Black Panther Party) talks   to Jonathan Ramirez and other artistsCyril Innis, Jr. (Brother Bullwhip in the Black Panther Party) talks to Jonathan Ramirez and other artists
  • Jonathan at the dedication.Jonathan at the dedication.
  • Mural team members talk about their experiences.Mural team members talk about their experiences.
  • Group photo of the Mural Team.Group photo of the Mural Team.
  • Overview of the audience and artists at the dedication.Overview of the audience and artists at the dedication.
  • Detail of finished mural.Detail of finished mural.
  • A beautifully decorated cake to celebrate the students incredible work A beautifully decorated cake to celebrate the students incredible work

In conjunction with the exhibition “Emory Douglas: Black Panther,” the New Museum partnered with the Studio Museum in Harlem and Groundswell Community Mural Project to develop a mural, What We Want, What We Believe, based on the work of Emory Douglas. In preparation for the project, students attended workshops at the New Museum and the Studio Museum to discuss the social and political history that gave rise to the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the larger Black Power movement. The mural team consisted of fifteen teens chosen through lottery and employed by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The mural project involved students in the New Museum’s G:Class high school program, and introduced some students to both museums, while others were already familiar. In keeping with a goal of G:Class to provide students with an opportunity to work with professional artists, the mural team participated in an art-making workshop with Douglas, brainstormed in design sessions with him, and attended an artist talk by Douglas. Making connections to the social and political issues that lead up to Douglas’s work, students also learned critical thinking, art-making, and collaboration skills.

Students participated in a walking tour of Harlem with John Reddick, an architectural preservationist, and attended an interactive workshop on protest music facilitated by DJ Reborn. The team met with peers from Mayseles Cinema’s youth program, and engaged in dialogue with photographer Jamel Shabbaz, who lead a workshop on documenting Harlem’s history through photography.

On August 13, the New Museum hosted a celebration for all 100 of Groundswell’s project’s youth to acknowledge their accomplishments around New York.

What We Want, What We Believe

122nd Street and Third Avenue

This project was made possible by support from: New Museum, the Studio Museum Harlem, Rolin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and individual donors like you.

New Museum

www.newmuseum.org

www.gclass.org

The Global Classroom (G:Class) is made possible by The Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support is generously provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Endowment support is provided by The Keith Haring Foundation School and Youth Programs Fund and the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund. Additional endowment support provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

The Studio Museum in Harlem

www.studiomuseum.org

Youth Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; Colgate-Palmolive; Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund, JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Time Warner Inc.

Groundswell Community Mural Project

www.groundswellmural.org

Rolin Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and individual donors like you.

Emory Douglas: What We Want, What We Believe Mural Project

In conjunction with the exhibition “Emory Douglas: Black Panther,” the New Museum partnered with the Studio Museum in Harlem and Groundswell Community Mural Project to develop a community mural based on the work of Emory Douglas. What we Want, What We Believe, is both the title of the mural, and the Black Panther Ten-Point Platform.

Visit "What we Want, What We Believe" community mural at 122nd Street and Third Avenue, New York, NY.