Event Title

Know Your Rights

Location

FA 203

Department

Art

Abstract

This project seeks to inform and educate the general public about their rights in the city of Chicago when having an encounter with law enforcement. The primary audiences for this project are minorities and those of low socioeconomic status that are disproportionately imprisoned. The objective of this project is to address discontentment with how law enforcement mismanage their power and how great a divide there is between the law officials and the public. This exhibit will be broken down into two parts: The initial part will be made with stencils and spray paints that will ultimately be displayed throughout the city of Chicago. Three different types of art stencils will be made, the first stencil being directed at the law enforcement and criticizing their abuse of power. The second stencil will be towards the individuals being detained and finally the third stencil will be directed at the relatives of those who are imprisoned. All of the art works will have the same QR code leading to the second part of the project. The second part is a website that informs the public on the procedures and actions to take when being detained or questioned by authorities. The website’s content will inform the general public about how to be cautious about words and actions they display when interacting with the authorities. With this general information, people can be better educated about how the law officials within the city of Chicago proceed when questioning a detainee/individual. The website will also have different nonprofits that provide assistance to minorities and underserved communities.

Faculty Sponsor

Lauren Meranda, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 10:20 AM

Know Your Rights

FA 203

This project seeks to inform and educate the general public about their rights in the city of Chicago when having an encounter with law enforcement. The primary audiences for this project are minorities and those of low socioeconomic status that are disproportionately imprisoned. The objective of this project is to address discontentment with how law enforcement mismanage their power and how great a divide there is between the law officials and the public. This exhibit will be broken down into two parts: The initial part will be made with stencils and spray paints that will ultimately be displayed throughout the city of Chicago. Three different types of art stencils will be made, the first stencil being directed at the law enforcement and criticizing their abuse of power. The second stencil will be towards the individuals being detained and finally the third stencil will be directed at the relatives of those who are imprisoned. All of the art works will have the same QR code leading to the second part of the project. The second part is a website that informs the public on the procedures and actions to take when being detained or questioned by authorities. The website’s content will inform the general public about how to be cautious about words and actions they display when interacting with the authorities. With this general information, people can be better educated about how the law officials within the city of Chicago proceed when questioning a detainee/individual. The website will also have different nonprofits that provide assistance to minorities and underserved communities.