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Macomb Community College hosts poster exhibit, Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, at the Lorenzo Cultural Center Nov. 11 – 21

– Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:00AM

Winning entries from college’s student poster contest will also be featured

The role of boycott as an effective, non-violent form of political protest – as well as that of art as a powerful tool for social activism – is explored in Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus,  Nov. 11 -21. The exhibit features 58 posters from more than 20 boycotts from the 1950s to the present, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and United Farm Workers grape and lettuce boycott.  The traveling exhibit was created by the American Friends Service Committee and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

The three winning entries from a Macomb Community College Boycott! poster contest for students will also be featured.  A presentation on the role of graphic design as a means for community engagement, along with a screening and discussion of the film The Rosa Parks Story will round out the look at the topic.

Boycott! provides an accessible and meaningful look at economic activism to address social injustice,”  said Eric Kerchner, Macomb Community College director of cultural affairs and community engagement. “The exhibit melds social history, nonviolent political action and the ability of the visual arts to inform and inspire action, providing a unique and engaging learning experience for those of any age.”    

The three winning entries in the college poster contest were designed by Micaela Frakes-Sieger, Clinton Township; Daniel Stephens, Warren; and Ryan El-Yafouri, Macomb Township, and were selected from a field of 21 submissions.

“We looked for clarity in the message, creativity, substantive importance in the social problem being boycott and overall presentation,” said Bryan Kingry, Macomb sociology instructor, who was among the three faculty members from the college who judged the contest.  “Awareness is critical when addressing social problems and inequalities. Boycott posters are the first step in that. The students did a great job bringing awareness to social inequalities.”

Entrance to the exhibit is free, with viewing available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 – 14 and Nov. 18 – 21. Attendance at the film screening and graphic design presentation is also free, but pre-registration is required by calling 586.445.7348 or going online to  Details of those events:

  • The Rosa Parks Story, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m.:The college’s African American History and Culture Committee screens this award-winning 2002 film that tells the story of Rosa Parks, the civil rights heroine and lifelong advocate of justice who stood up to segregation by remaining seated on a crowded bus in Montgomery, Ala.
  • Graphic Design as a Means for Community Engagement, Friday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.: Meghan Barry, assistant professor of graphic design at Oakland University and partner/designer of Unsold Studio, will discuss how graphic designers throughout history have impacted social change through the design of propaganda, advertisements, brand identity for corporations, packing and signage.

About Macomb Community College
The Lorenzo Cultural Center ( explores the influences and experiences that shape our community’s heritage through multifaceted programming including exhibits, presentations, performances, activities and film, which are typically free to attend. Located on the college’s Center Campus in Clinton Township, the cultural center is adjacent the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training,
professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.



Micaela Frakes-Zieger ’s poster that brings awareness to slave-made clothing earned first place in Macomb Community College’s student Boycott poster contest and will be among the posters displayed in the exhibit.

Media contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560,