On a beautiful fall night, a line spills out the door of SOHO ARTHOUSE. It wasn’t a typical sight to see in Soho, let alone on a Tuesday night, where over 400 people, 90% of which were under the age of 22, attended the packed opening night listening and watching youth produced media of growing up policed in New York City. Youth leaders from The Academy at Urban Arts Partnership, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and Make the Road New York presented “More Than A Quota: Our Experience, Our Story,” a multimedia digital pop up exhibit at SOHO ARTHOUSE, 138 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012, to showcase creative responses to the experience of being stopped and frisked as a NYC youth. “The More Than A Quota” youth wore their white “Know Your Rights” t-shirts with pride as they answered questions from the crowd. The students were amazed and overwhelmed by the response, from tears to joy, they knew they had completed their objective of engaging their peers in this conversation, sharing their story and encouraging others to join “More Than A Quota” to share their stories.
This digital showcase provided a venue for NYC youth to create original media and share multimedia projects that give students a voice in the discourse around community policing. Youth became producers of original media and designed a social media campaign to capture and tell their stories. The HIVE NYC Learning Network, the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, supported this collaboration between cultural organizations to create new learning pathways and innovative education practices.