- 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
I want to jump so high I never come down.
My direct message is being like a strong young man
The Direct Message title, I chose that. It felt good to choose something. At first when we was givin’ out titles and stuff, I was just playing around with the name Direct Message. Well, I said DM actually. And then I changed it to Direct Message, like to write it out, ‘cause that seem more presentable and more professional. Everybody look at it and be like “we need to go check on that and see what it’s about” so that’s why I chose Direct Message instead of DM, so people would know what it’s about.
I can draw. I can write. I can speak.