Internews-Ukraine Hosts Webinar on Street Art as a Media Literacy and Critical Thinking Tool
December 21 – Internews-Ukraine (IUA) held a webinar on critical thinking for Ukrainian street artists taking part in its ARTIFAKE project. The event took place on Zoom and gathered 23 participants, including 20 artists.
The webinar was organized in partnership with another Internews partner, the Academy of Ukrainian Press (AUP). Keynote speaker Oksana Volosheniuk, AUP’s manager of media education programs, focused on strategies for integrating media literacy and art.
Freelance photography researcher and art historian Victoria Myronenko spoke about photography as an alternative for street art and a tool for social change and impact on different audiences at a time of visual oversaturation.
Maria Hryshchenko, sociologist and researcher at the Center for Urban Studies, spoke about the visual tools of street art in the context of media literacy and ways to involve the community and residents in the creation of public spaces.
ARTIFAKE is the first international project that promotes media literacy through street art, engaging local communities in Ukraine, Poland, and Armenia. IUA has already created three murals in Southern and Eastern Ukraine through the project (“The City Vector: Critical Thinking,” “Between the Letters,” and “Info-noise”). The project team will select two art concepts after the webinar and place them in the Luhansk and Odesa regions.
Photo by Internews-Ukraine: mural in Kakhovka, Kherson region