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Tim Rollins and the KOS

on May 29, 2010

“To dare to make history when you are young, when you are a minority, when you are working, or nonworking class, when you are voiceless in society, takes courage.” – Tim Rollins

Tim Rollins and the KOS have had an exhibit at the Frye Museum for the last few months. This afternoon, I got a chance to see it. As  a writer who runs a poetry workshop with kids in a juvenile detention facility, this exhibit really inspired me.
Tim Rollins was an educator. K.O.S. (kids of survival) was the group of “at-risk” youth he taught. After Rollins became frustrated with the traditional models of education, Rollins decided to open up an after-school program where student read important texts and made art. One of the KOS projects included bricks that were collected by the students from their neighborhood and then the students painted portraits of their homes on them.  Others include paintings inspired by texts such as Scarlet Letter, Animal Farm, and Red Badge of Courage. You can view some of the exhibit here. (Go to the top of the page and click through where it says next on the link)

Rollins says, “To dare to make history when you are young, when you are a minority, when you are working, or non-working class, when you are voiceless in society takes courage. Where we came from, just surviving is ‘making history.’ So many others, in the same situations, have not survived, physically, psychologically, spiritually, or socially. We were making our own history, something that wasn’t given to us. We weren’t going to accept history as something given to us.”

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