AS220 Youth centers artmaking in a social justice context, culminating annually in the AfroFuturist inspired Futureworlds showcase. Every year our young people unite to present a youth-led, year long multimedia project that blends elements of art, popular culture and visionary fiction to reimagine a more just and equitable world free from systems of oppression. It has taken the form of a fashion show, festival, and a play.

“FUTUREWORLDS is a multimedia mixtape. A living collage. A walking anthology. A breathing literary magazine. The purpose of Futureworlds is to give young people the space and resources to create highly visible work that transforms the way we think about art, community and justice. We use design thinking as a framework to develop projects that not only create social awareness but that also offer potential solutions and/or ways of being.” –Anjel Newmann, AS220 Director of Programs

Photos by James Lastowski

Premiering October 2021: Amerikkka Better Have My Money: The Visual Album

Taking place in a 22nd-century history class, “Amerikkka Better Have My Money: The Visual Album” sheds light on our country’s racial injustices by highlighting parts of history that usually go untold. Young artists use film, fashion, dance, and music to reveal the realities of systemic oppression, the exploitation and monetization of Black and Brown bodies, and the erasure of Black communities. The artists conclude the journey with an expression of joy that honors each of their individual ancestries and a finale fashion show that centers womxn and femmes of color which features their custom up-cycled fashion.

The premier of the film features a site-specific immersive mural display and fashion runway in The Haus of Glitter’s Liberation Garden, inviting viewers to tap into their femininity and strut among the eARThwork planted and painted by these brilliant young artists.

Check Out Our Progress on Futureworlds: