- Daytime: larger than life power pose exhibit outside of the main entrance.
- Nighttime: shadow projection show on the outside of the 2nd Floor windows, above the main entrance.
- Listen to Faisal Abdu'Allah discuss the project on Madison's local WORT 8 O'CLOCK BUZZ.
Direct Message was an exhibit created by teens through Madison Public Library's Bubbler program, which tapped community resources to foster this 15-week project in hands-on, peer-supported learning and digital literacy. Bubbler teens were addressing the nation's widest black/white educational opportunity gap and highest per capita black juvenile arrest and incarceration rate in Dane County, Wisconsin, with this semester-long project allowing them to explore and redefine their own public image.
Thank you FAISAL ABDU'ALLAH and the many other artists, educators and activists who have made this exhibit possible, including:Johanna Boyle Rob Dz Kay DeWaide Matt Feifarek Institute of Museum and Library Services Dana Johnson Richard Jones Just Bakery Madison Graphics Claire Mason Morgridge Center for Public Service Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Nazka Serrano Meg Sill UW-Madison School of Library & Information Studies Manon van de Water Albert Watson Jeremy Wineberg Orion Wells
There's more to us...
Direct Message is literally a direct message to all the people with the misconception of us minorities and the stereotypical perceptions and how people portray us. There's more to us ... And you know, people don’t really try to go in too deep into why we do this or why we do that. How we act. You know, why we act the way we act. Where we come from. People just go based off what they see when truly they really don’t know. And I just feel like Direct Message is a way for us to have our voice be heard.
They don’t want my people here that’s why they treat us unfair, police suppose to protect and serve but when it comes to us truly they don’t care.
They criminalize the blacks Frame us off statistics but are those truly the facts? They just know us by our color but it’s deeper than that. But society keep at it I don’t expect a change it’s just crazy how you say that we’re the ones to blame. -Finesse
I got talent.