Rios, M., 2004, Reflection in action: freirian praxis in the Northern Cheyenne Youth Restoration Art Project, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh
- Author : Rios, M.
- Year : 2004
- Published in Book : Open space, people space
- Abstract in English : The social construction of youth identity can be doubly problematic, the increasing media depiction of youth as a ‘problem’ is coupled with the fact that youth represent one of the most actively targeted group of consumers in the marketplace. These representations fail to provide a space for youth to articulate their diverse fears, desires and identities. In the case of Northern Cheyenne youth, this lack of agency is complicated by stereotypes of native identity as exotic other and the lack of specific Northern Cheyenne references in mainstream culture. The Northern Cheyenne Youth Restoration Art Project (RAP), a new community arts and design programme in Lame Deer, Montana, is a response to the contemporary condition of Northern Cheyenne youth. Using Paulo Freire’s concept of praxis, this paper presents the outcome of a courtyard installation project as a culturally relevant model of open space design that emphasizes dialogue and mutual engagement.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: youth identity, culture, art, praxis. [paper 6.]