BMORE Than The Story
April 16 – September 4, 2016
The violence that erupted in this spring in West Baltimore was both surprising and expected. The death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police became a tipping point for a community plagued by poverty, low academic achievement and limited economic opportunities. The overriding narrative of the media coverage was pejorative and full of scorn. Nearby schools and their students, including those at nearby Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts (AFSIVA), were implicated in the crime and destruction, whether they committed them or not. These high school students lost control of how they wanted to be defined and regarded. This project seeks to give back that narrative through a series of visual and performing art works. ASFIVA students collaborated with graphic design students from the University of Maryland College Park to produce this exhibition that addresses the one-sided media portrayal and discusses the realities of the students’ lives.