Opening Reception a Hit with Student Artists

Avenue Fornicola, a student at Voyagers' Community School in Lincroft, stands with her art.

On Sunday, June 9, 2024, Chhange hosted a reception to celebrate all the artists who interpreted Confronting Propaganda: Your Message Matters for the 10th annual Student Art Installation.

The art is created, then presented in conjunction with Chhange's annual Colloquium of the same theme. Like the Colloquium, the Art Installation is held on the campus of Brookdale Community College. This affords participants and attendees a glimpse of college life while exploring topics related to promoting the elimination of racism, antisemitism, and all forms of prejudice and hate through the lens of this year's topic.

Zaara Nair (center), a student at the W. R. Satz School in Holmdel, shows off her art piece with her teacher Marissa Crimol (left), and Holmdel Schools' Superintendent Dr. J. Scott Cascone (right).

"Art can serve as a powerful medium for students to express their ideas and emotions," said Dr. Asya Darbinyan, Executive Director of Chhange, "offering them a creative outlet beyond words."

Alayna Segarra (left), Cali Worth (center), and Cassidy Cortes (right), students at Memorial School in Union Beach, show off their pieces.

Propagandistic messages influence our knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behavior every day. What are some propaganda techniques? How to distinguish between harmful and beneficial propaganda? How can the power of propaganda be used to activate critical thinking and reduce the harmful behavior that leads to fear, hate, and violence? Through 62 canvases in this exhibit and the statements of their artists, these questions begin to be addressed.

Emily Steel, a student at Memorial School in Union Beach, stands with her art.

Come see the art for yourself: Your message matters. Call 732.224.1889 or email to schedule your visit before July 8, 2024!

Chhange educates, inspires, and empowers individuals to stand up to injustice.