FLOAT Gallery is proud to present:
Youth Art Show
A Rock Paper Scissors Collective Collaborative Group Art exhibit.
Come join us on Saturday, February 10th for fun, art, & music!
Art Opening Party Saturday Feb 10th, 6 to 9pm
Show runs February 7th through April
Local Artists Include:
Arise High SchoolOur mission at ARISE is to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and agency to be leaders in Oakland. We provide a small school environment where we pride ourselves in every student having at least one adult who knows them well and supports them on their educational journey. At ARISE, education is not just about how well you do on a test. We are a small school that emphasizes knowledge of self, society, and history within a highly personalized supportive environment. ARISE is committed to building and maintaining healthy communities by providing families, many of which are first generation college bound, access to college and careers in Education, Community Social Services, Community Justice, Public Health, and Public Policy. At ARISE we nurture, train, and discipline our school community to engage in a continuous practice of developing mind, heart, and body towards a VISION where we actively rise up. Agency and self-determination drive our struggle to improve our own material and social conditions towards a more healthy, equitable, and just society. ARISE High School has been honored to serve the Oakland community for nearly 11 years and looks forward to continuing this service during our next charter term. Our founders, just as our staff today, believe that all children deserve a quality education that doesn’t replicate inequitable and oppressive institutions. Instead, we’ve developed a rigorous, high engagement, and authentic learning experience for our students. ARISE High School currently serves approximately 286 students in grades 9-12, and prepares students from low-income families to be the first to attend college. Currently 86% of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch, 89% speak English as a Second Language, and 86% are first-generation college-bound. We are incredibly proud of our students’ successes. Each year, we have had at least 85% of our graduates matriculate into 2- and 4- year colleges and universities. In addition, we believe our alumni will be the future change-makers of Oakland. As more and more of them graduate from college we look forward to welcoming back into our community.
MetWest High SchoolMetWest High School prepares young adults to recognize and take advantage of all resources for their personal well-being. Our graduates will have the skills, habits, knowledge and community to overcome obstacles to their success, access 4-year colleges and contribute positively to our world. “Young adults” as opposed to “students” grants them greater personhood / subjecthood “All resources” is intended to highlight our unique focus on developing students’ recognition of and skill accessing institutions and adults in the urban community as resources for themselves, while not denying the importance of teachers and books as important resources as well. “Well-being” as opposed to “success” as we feel it refers less narrowly to financial wealth and more easily encompasses the notion of our graduates knowing how to be healthy, happy, etc. We believe these four are all needed for our aims. Most radical among the four is the inclusion of “community” as an asset that we want students to leave MetWest possessing. This is done in recognition of the fact that our students will continue to need, and still be able to access the tremendous array of adult connections and close peer connection they make here, even after graduation. “Overcome obstacles” is added in recognition of the fact that most of our students will be confronting systemic obstacles to their success throughout their lives (racism, classism, sexism, homophobia) and that we want students to have what they need to overcome those, over and over and over again. “Four-year colleges” is stated explicitly because without that articulation in our core vision statement, it would be far too easy to let this not happen for too many of our students (as it is so difficult to make happen) – and we also know that this is a core value for many of our parents. “Contribute” because we feel it is important that we be developing citizens, not just self-interested individuals . “Positively” as opposed to “productively” to avoid prioritizing material production over intellectual and service work. “World” as opposed to “community” or “communities” so as not to imply that our graduates remain part of any particular communities. “our world” as opposed to “their world” so as not to imply that students live in a different world than the adults in this school community live. (arguable).
About Rock Paper Scissors Collective :Rock Paper Scissors Collective is a volunteer-run organization that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to strengthen local communities and encourage sustainable practices and alternative models. We promote the sharing of ideas, skills, and resources through the celebration of art, craft, education, and performance. rpscollective.com