Re:Form School, a REDU project

On Sunday, I went to check out the Re:Form School, a REDU project — so glad I did, it was awesome! I saw cool art work, learned something new, being inside of an American high school (I graduated Japanese high school — so different!), saw lots of great designs, signs, typography… I enjoyed so much, what a great concept and a campaign!

Throughout history artists have lent their creative expression to ideas and issues of culture & politics, combining innovation with art’s greatest strength — its ability to transcend boundaries and make an impact, while not relying solely on language. RE:FORM SCHOOL gathers together a diverse array of hundreds of the nation’s most talented visual artists under one roof to celebrate that role and to send a loud message that the time has come to fix our ailing public school system.

RE:FORM SCHOOL is a high profile group art exhibition, event series and public awareness campaign, taking place in New York City. Thousands of artists, parents, community leaders, educators and grass roots organizers are coming together in a vibrant and creative space in order to shine a light on what is working, explore the potential of what might be and celebrate the role imagination, creativity and innovation will play in the process. (via Re:Form School website — see the video from their homepage also.)

Entrance on Mott Street:

Throughout the project, I saw these wooden type signs and I loved it.

These arrows, too… so great!

REDU room:

Paper house kit — so neat! I grabbed one, of course :)

A blackboard with “I can” message — so simple and strong.

The “Teach Me” wall:

There were lots of unbelievable facts… shown in an interesting art way…

This “High School Graduates” chart map is all created with pencils. (see the video here.) Where it’s empty, only 50.5 – 66.9% graduate high school…

Each belt had State’s name that is still legal to hit students… 20 of them.

This hallway caught my eye… with countries names… which led me to…

A boys bathroom sign — isn’t it cool?

& a girls, too…

Inside of the girls bathroom; “Smart girls are pretty.” LOVE that.

These might be my favorite. Awesome handmade (I think) types.

A free poster for everyone:

Hallway statues:

This room was interesting — the sound and the wave and the light were all making an art together… by Michael Murphy. You can see the video here!

A court yard had some cool art, too… I loved seeing people hanging out in here…

I hope the campaign was a success!