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2018 Human-Computer Interaction Conference (CHI 2018) in Montreal, Canada

Art, Human-Computer Interaction, and Shared Experiences: Publication 

This extended abstract describes the technology enabled, social justice intervention of the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence (NYAM) project. NYAM launched its first intervention in Chicago in 2017 in response to the precipitously escalating rate of gun violence in the city, particularly amongst youth.


NYAM empowers youth to use their intrinsic motivations to create artwork that unpacks the deeply layered ways in which violence affects living in Chicago uniquely for each of them. Guided by the composite framework of Transformative Activist Stance (TAS) and a social justice orientation to interaction design, NYAM places these artworks on billboards in public spaces and enables them with GPS and Augmented Reality technologies to create unexpected, interactive experiences that encourage participation in gun violence prevention by the community.  


Phase one of the project was co-developed by an education technology researcher and practitioner, an ethnically and age diverse range of Chicago youth, a locally based grassroots technology startup, and members of the city’s art community.


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2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis

NYAM Artists: Art + Thought Leadership

Below are video and picture highlights of the National Youth Art Movement's contribution and participation in the Noble Peace Prize Forum. Click here for the official description of NYAM's artwork at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum.

Meet the Noble Youth in the NYAM Project Awareness Video

Chicago, IL -- Teens at Rowe Clark Math and Science Academy (A Noble Network Charter School), located at the edge of the Humboldt Park and Garfield Park neighborhoods, gathered in nervous excitement to participate in a video shoot for the project awareness video for the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence (NYAM) project. None of them had ever been on camera before. Despite this fact, one 17 year-old guy in a turquoise hoodie and white shirt insisted that he is the next Denzel.

All of the teens who participated are either students in Regina Beach's media arts class or her advisees. As an art teacher, Ms. Beach took an interest in the NYAM project because of the potential for her students to have their artwork placed on billboards throughout the city and to have the messages in their artwork reach audiences beyond their neighborhoods for the benefit of the whole city. When asked, "How many have been affected by gun violence directly or indirectly in their life experience," around 90% of the students in Ms. Beach's media arts class raised their hands. Their ages range between 16 and 19 years old.

Adam Patch, an Emmy Award winning, commercial video director from Denver, Colorado, led the video shoot and gave the students an opportunity to learn more about his work and a career in the video production industry by sitting in as a guest speaker in Ms. Beach's class. Chicago-based commercial video director and cinematographer Mark Pallman assisted on the video shoot.

Photos of the full cast of students who participated in the video shoot can be found on this page.

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