The Education is Not a Crime initiative has found street art to be a powerful instrument for raising consciousness about the denial of education to Iranian Baha’is. This mural by artist Elle is painted on the back of a building on 126th Street in Harlem.
The mural “To Blossom” by artist Tatyana Fazalizadeh is located at PS92 in Harlem. It is a part of the Education is Not a Crime campaign, which raises awareness about the denial of education to Iranian Baha’i.
New York-based artist Marthalicia Matarrita’s mural symbolizes the seed that education plants. Ms. Matarrita was born and raised in Harlem, a historic New York City neighborhood known as a center of African-American and Hispanic life and culture. Because of her own experience struggling with institutionalized injustice as she was pursuing an education in the city, Ms. Matarrita forged a personal connection with stories of the Baha’i students for whom she painted this mural on public school in Harlem.
This portrait of Marley Dias by New York-based Lmnopi is at PS92 on 134th Street in Harlem. Marley is a 12-year-old from New Jersey who launched #1000BlackGirlBooks, a social media campaign seeking greater diversity in literature curriculums. Lmnopi painted this portrait for the Education is Not a Crime campaign to draw a parallel between the struggle for education equality by many groups around the world.
This mural by Brazilian artist Alexandre Keto depicts two women under a baobab tree, which symbolizes knowledge and wisdom.
This four-story tall mural on the ABC School in Harlem by Swiss artist Bustart shows a picture of a schoolgirl with her toy tiger and a series of drawings falling away. The drawings are copies of actual drawings by the children of the ABC School. That they are falling away represents the stolen dreams of young Iranian Baha’is denied their right to go to university by their own government.
This mural by South African artist Faith47 is a portrait of Atena Farghadani, an Iranian artist and activist, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2015. Farghadani is shown with no mouth, to symbolize how her voice, and that of countless others in Iran, has been silenced. Although created as a gesture of international solidarity, the mural caused a divisive debate in the neighborhood in which it was painted. The mural was vandalized and eventually painted over.
This mural by Brazilian artist Alexandre Keto depicts a mother watching over and educating her children. The setting evokes many themes—education equality, care for the planet, and bridging communities of color and suffering from around the world. The mural is painted on the side of the PS7 School in East Harlem.
This mural by the French artist Astro depicts the famous gates of Tehran University in Iran, from which Baha'is are barred.
In Salvador, Brazil, artist Eder Muniz has painted a vivid and enchanting mural in defense of the Baha’is in Iran.
This mural was painted by the legendary graffiti squad TatsCru, who have been creating street art since the 1970s. The mural is a joyful and colorful celebration of Harlem, the home of the Not a Crime campaign.