Free screening offered of film on street art, human rights

LOCK HAVEN — “Changing the World, One Wall at a Time,” a film about the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, #Education Is Not A Crime, will be shown in conjunction with Art on the Ramparts, October’s month-long art show at Ross Library.

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday at the library.

The murals shown in it are curated by the New York-based group Street Art Anarchy, in partnership with the #NotACrime campaign, and have brought to this project street artists from all over the world, as well as renowned artists in this country — with names like TatsCru, Astro, Franco the Great, Alexandre Keto, Ricky Lee Gordon, Rone, and Elle.

#Education is not a Crime draws attention to the plight of some Iranian citizens for whom an education is punishable by imprisonment. In fact there are many Baha’is, a religious minority in Iran, in prison now for having taught subjects like science and mathematics.

Mary-Jo Langston, a STEP AmeriCorps member serving at Ross Library, brought the film to the attention of artists whose work hangs in the current show. She has been aware of this issue for several years. The Baha’is in Iran have organized themselves to provide education outside the government schools. Every so often, the homes where school classes take place are raided and books and materials, computers and laboratory equipment are destroyed.

Last month Langston met a newly arrived PhD candidate from Iran beginning studies at Penn State. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees were obtained through online courses at top-notch universities in Europe. This is the first time in her post-secondary education that she has been in a classroom.

There is no cost to see this enlightening film. All are invited.

The exhibit Art on the Ramparts is on view in the Edythe Hoy Bossert Gallery on the library’s main floor.

Ross Library is a United Way agency and is committed to “social literacy.”