Education Is Not A Crime produces street art and education workshops to talk about education equity and the importance of education as a right for everyone. Dozens of our murals on five continents (with 20 in Harlem, New York City) highlight the transforming power of education and tell the inspiring story of how the Baha'i religious minority in Iran overcomes education discrimination. The story of these murals, artists and communities has spread around the world through social and mainstream media.
We believe that for every wall there can be a mural. And for every person whose potential is unfulfilled there can be a full life thanks to equal education and opportunity.
People of color in the United States often have less access to quality education than others – this is a crisis which we address through art and workshops for young people.
And now we’re getting ready to launch a new project...
Robert HaydeN - our inspiration for detroit
Robert Hayden started life in 1913 in a poor Detroit neighborhood. His perseverance and talents took him to Wayne State University (then called Detroit City College) and later the University of Michigan. He became a poet, trained under W.H. Auden and was made “poet laureate” of the United States. He was the first African-American to hold that role.
Hayden said that man should be “permitted to be man,” that people of any background should have the chance to make the most of their lives. Hayden also later joined the Baha’i Faith.
We are therefore planning a series of murals in Detroit to celebrate the life and achievements of Robert Hayden. His story captures the spirit of Education Is Not A Crime.
The murals will serve as the spark for a long-term education initiative across Michigan – working with local schools, universities and youth groups – to encourage a new conversation about the role education can play and to give young people of color new opportunities to excel.
We are thrilled and honored to be supported by MiraMed, the University of Michigan and Grant Thornton for our work in Detroit.
We love Detroit and we are here to listen – to work with the community.
And we're building a broad coalition of Michigan and American businesses to further this new project. Contact us if you want to say that Education Is Detroit.
Education Is Not A Crime is operated by Journalism for Change, a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2014, focusing on creative solutions to social issues while minimizing institutional costs and ensuring sound administration of project funding. Education Is Not A Crime and Journalism for Change were both founded by the Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari.