Low Rider Bikes in Higher Education: A Project by Throw Away Youth
"Low-Rider Bikes in Higher Education: A Project by Throw Away Youth"
Future Akins- Tillett
Inspired by Chicano youth culture that involves "low-rider" bikes (bicyles modified along the styles of low rider cars with elaborate detail, embellishment and ornamentation) and hoping to motivate junior high students to consider art as a stepping stone towards attending college, a Texas Tech University Assistant Professor of Art in Visual Studies co-creates an art opportunitie for Hispanic and white low-income youth in Lubbock, Texas. Fourteen and fifteen year-old teenagers enrolled in an art class created low-rider bikes with discared parts and throw-away materials, while Texas Tech University art studio majors in a kinetic sculpture course created "dream bikes" using metals and fabrication work. Both sets of resulting bikes were displayed along with true low-rider bikes from the local community in a sidewalk parade. This presentation will dissect and discuss both student populations' experiences and performances, community and academic reactions/feedback, fund-raising efforts and obstacles, cultural considerations and reactions based on social class, race and ethnicity.
Keywords: Low-rider Bikes in Higher Education
Professor Future Akins-Tillett
Assistant Professor of Art, Texas Tech University, School of Art, Visual Studies, Texas Tech University