Young People’s Race, Power, and Technology 2021 Film Festival: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Young People’s Race, Power, and Technology 2021 Film Festival

A small group of people with filmmaking equipment at work on a busy street
Image credit: Daydreamers (826CHI + Johnson College Prep)
12 PM-12 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu June 24, 2021 - Thu July 1, 2021
12 PM-12 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public





About the program

In partnership with the TREE Lab in Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy, the Block Museum presents the Young People’s Race Power and Technology (YPRPT) project’s second annual film screening online.

After six months of a fully online program guided by an innovative participatory curriculum, YPRPT’s second run has culminated with nine short documentaries that investigate ethical and social possibilities and perils wrought by new technologies.

The 2021 iteration of YPRPT has been a six-month collaboration with twelve community organizations and schools in Chicago and Evanston: HANA Center, Family Matters, 826CHI, Free Spirit Media, Outreach Community Church, Project Impact 180, Evanston Present and Future, Hansberry College Prep, Evanston Township High School, Northside College Prep, Sullivan High School, and Johnson College Prep. 

All nine of the short films created in the 2021 YPRPT program will be available to watch for a 7-day period on the Block’s Vimeo, starting at noon on June 24 with closed captions. A live screening of three YPRPT films selected by the student filmmakers will take place on Thursday,  June 24 at 5 pm CST followed by a live audience Q&A with the artists and program participants. The films from the live program are available to watch here

YPRPT online showcases available from 6/24-7/1 (with closed captions)



What is YPRPT?

The Young People’s Race Power and Technology project (YPRPT) is an out of school learning initiative designed specifically for middle school and high school students in the Chicago-area. The program offers an innovative research-based curriculum that empowers youth to explore, engage, critique, and reimagine the role of technology in their neighborhoods, schools, and communities. YPRPT is part of an NSF-funded initiative that brings together high school and undergraduate students from Northwestern University, educators, community workers, and university researchers to better understand the impact, limitations, harms, and possibilities that new technologies offer, particularly for historically marginalized communities of color. The program integrates technology “under the hood” investigations with racial and social justice topics, documentary film-making, and a focus on building and sustaining community among all participants.

More information about YPRPT Project:

Co-presented by the Block Museum of Art with the TREE (Technology, Race, Ethics, and Equity in Education) Lab of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at