The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy Youth Empowerment Through Art Program Launched

Local Exhibits by Teenage Artists Express Social Justice Concerns in Their Communities

THUG SLAM Launches Online for National Inclusion

NEW YORK--()--Twentieth Century Fox Film and BazanED partner with cultural institutions and artistic leadership groups across the United States to present “The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy,” a student art program featuring the work of teen artists empowered by Angie Thomas’ best-selling and award-winning novel, which has been adapted into a major motion picture. A creative vehicle to promote student voices and to support the creativity and skill of student artists, the exhibits are available for public viewing in select cities and online starting October 5th.

Throughout this exhibition, youth artists have the opportunity to display works created in different mediums to express what they see, think and feel about social justice issues that permeate their daily lives -- including racism, codeswitching, police brutality, gun violence, identity and more. These issues are aptly reflected in The Hate U Give and resonate with youth all across America.

Local exhibits are currently hosted by the Houston Museum of African American Culture (Houston, Texas), Auburn Avenue Research Library (Atlanta, GA), Arts @ Large (Milwaukee, WI), Algiers Regional Library (New Orleans, LA), Reginald Lewis Museum (Baltimore, MD), and City of Asylum (Pittsburgh, PA)., a not-for-profit online community for youth, will host a competitive THUG SLAM, inviting students in grades 7-12 all across the country to submit works of art inspired by The Hate U Give to, and compete for top prizes in various artistic disciplines. Eligible categories include Poetry, Film Shorts, Visual Arts, and Music. The juried competition runs from October 12th – November 9th. Winners will be announced beginning November 20th.

The Hate U Give is a special story; one that moves and inspires people of all ages to make their voices heard,” says Jessica Wiener of “Young people finding their voice and using it to stand up for what they believe in begins with sharing their stories. Sharing narrative through artistic expression is the first step to inciting positive change for a cause, a community, and even one’s self.”

The first exhibit in The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy program premiered in Houston on October 5th in partnership with the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Six young artists ranging from ages 15-19 participated in an Artists Talkback to discuss their reflections of issues plaguing their communities. "The museum is thrilled to be a part of a national effort to highlight the issues of interactions between the police and the black community that The Hate U Give presents so cogently,” says John Guess, CEO, Houston Museum of African American Culture. “The film is compassionate, and the fact that it is told from the point of view of a young person resonated with our young artists here in Houston and is reflected in their strong work."

Student art exhibits are open to the public in the following cities:

Houston, TX       October 5th – November 2nd - Houston Museum of African American Culture
Atlanta, GA October 12th – December 2nd - Auburn Avenue Research Library
Milwaukee, WI

October 12th – November 2nd - Arts @ Large

New Orleans, LA October 12th – November 2nd - Algiers Regional Library
Baltimore, MD October 14th – November 19th - Reginald Lewis Museum
Pittsburgh, PA October 16th – November 1st - City of Asylum

Power Poetry’s THUG SLAM is open for submissions October 12th through November 9th.

“The Hate U Give: The Art of Advocacy” exhibit is an extension of the extensive educational outreach surrounding the film. Conceived by BazanED, in partnership with school districts and national and regional education partners, the program is designed to support educators engaging youth in creative ways to express who they are, and enable them to shine their light and elevate their voices. “Art is always an excellent way to support students, as they often feel isolated and that no one is listening,” says Jackie Bazan, Founder of BazanED. “Through their art, they are able to communicate, be seen and be heard. We are thankful to our local partners whose commitment to student expression and the communities they serve made institutional exhibits possible, as well as our online partner, whose leading presence in the online art community allows young people everywhere to shine their light.”

The complimentary Companion Curriculum for The Hate U Give is available at It includes a Curriculum Guide, featuring nine interdisciplinary lesson plans that meet Common Core Standards, a Discussion Guide, and a Student Social Action Guide which includes a Student Discussion Guide, enabling youth to facilitate discussion amongst themselves. The curriculum kit also includes photographs and video clips to support the lessons.

The Hate U Give is currently in limited release and will be in theaters everywhere October 19th.


THE HATE U GIVE: THE ART OF ADVOCACY EXHIBIT – Houston Museum of African American Culture


Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. The Hate U Give is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie. The Hate U Give is directed by George Tillman, Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox.

ABOUT POWERPOETRY.ORG is the world’s first and largest online poetry community for youth. This non-profit was created in 2012 by a schoolteacher from the Bronx who believed that the website could provide a healthy creative outlet for teens, while also moving users to action through empowered literacy. PowerPoetry’s motto is, “If you don’t learn to write your own life story, someone else will write it for you,” and the website gives students the tools they need to create powerful written work without the pressures of a strict classroom environment. The website is not just a safe digital community for poetry students — it is a community of socially engaged poets who use innovative multimedia art as a tool for educational and social impact.


BazanED is a free resource for the education community providing standards-based curriculum materials, teacher professional development, and student experiential learning to K-12 and college educators throughout the U.S. We collaborate with entertainment, cultural, scientific, and financial organizations to provide educators with engaging, grade-appropriate content to supplement and support classroom instruction and enhance student learning.


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