InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is proud to have partnered with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in order to resource our Media Justice Academy this past July. Every year, during the summer season, 50 ICS youth engage in a week-long institute where they study the definition and history of action-based media and how it is used to galvanize social movements. Students learn how to think critically about media portrayals of people of color and immigrants and how to create alternative visions that highlight the Eastside community’s cultural assets and strengths.
Projects last year included: radio podcast recording, Zine creation, and the creation of visual media including posters and silk-printings. Through these mediums, students explored the topics of: immigration, Black Lives Matter, gentrification, health and wellness, and community organizing.
Students were able to showcase their projects to each other, relatives and staff.
The 2016 United Students Media Justice Academy was supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.