Contents 2 about us 3-4 monotype and digital collage by Delana Evans 5 -6 poetry by anonymous 7-8 photograph and poetry by Michaela Makhanda 9 digital art by Daniel Znidarzich 10 digital collage by Makiye Barnett 11-12 digital collage by Jaliyah Thomas 13 drawing by Damiyah Anger 14 digital collage by Janie Ghods, Americorp Leader 15 drawing by Qiyshan Muqtadir 16 drawing by D’Andre Ray 17-18 altered photograph by Makiye Barnett 19 digital collage by Matthew Johnson 20 digital collage by Damiyah Anger 21 digital collage by Bryan Finch (top) and Daniel Znidarzich (bottom) 22 screenprint by Haylee Ebersole, Teaching Artist, Meshwork Press 23 drawing by anonymous 24 poetry by anonymous 25-26 monotype, xerox transfer and digital collage by Josiah Russell 27-28 poetry by Daranda Spells 29 photo collage by Silver Bassett & Nahzae Gaines 30 digital collage by CJ Johnson (top) and Josiah Russell (bottom) 31-32 digital collage by Michaela Makhanda 33-34 digital collage by D’Andre Ray 35 digital collage by Bryan Finch 36 drawing and xerox transfer by Qiyshan Muqtadir 37-38 digital collage by Delana Evans 39-40 digital collage by Janie Ghods, Americorps Leader 41-42 xerox transfer and digital collage by Janarah Price 43-44 digital collage by Matthew Johnson 45-46 monotype, xerox transfer and digital collage by Josiah Russell 47-48 monotype and digital collage by Delana Evans 49-50 digital collage by Makiye Barnett 51-52 photo collage by Jaliyah Thomas 53-54 xerox transfer and drawing by Daniel Znidarzich 55-56 photo collage by D’Andre Ray cover design by Daniel Znidarzich
WHO WE ARE Creative Minds is a youth-led art publication that amplifies the voices of the Braddock Youth Project (BYP) and the Wilkinsburg Youth Project (WYP). The theme of this first issue, The Bigger Picture, offers reflections on the many challenges of the moment including the COVID-19 crisis, the recent uprisings in response to systematic racism and police brutality against people of color, and the hardships facing our healthcare and education systems. This issue also proclaims solidarity in the fight for black lives and illustrates personal narratives and histories. It celebrates and honors the abundance of joy and love found in our friendships and family bonds. But above all, it is an example of the powerful voices of young people working together to speak their truths and reimagine the world around them. This zine project was born out of a partnership between the WYP and BYP and Haylee Ebersole of Meshwork Press. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we sought creative ways to transition our program to an online platform. We were able to distribute ‘printmaking at home’ kits to every youth who took on the challenge of setting up creative spaces in their bedrooms, kitchens, basements, and backyards. A big thank you to guardians and families for supporting this project in your homes! WYP and BYP are work skills excellence programs that allow youth, aged 14-19, to design projects based on the needs they perceive in their community. The programs’ goals are to foster skills that will aid youth in advancing toward positive life outcomes, by providing youth with the means to create meaningful and sustainable community development projects. These projects seek to harness the energy and creativity of young people to promote positive, culturally relevant change in their communities. Meshwork Press is printshop and design studio in Wilkinsburg, PA committed to supporting the powerful and vital voice of young people through art.
Create art for resistance, art for (re)membering, art for joy, art for love, art for healing, and art for humanity. -Dr. Bettina Love