Musezine 25: Coexistence
This year we chose the title “Coexistence” for our annual zine. Throughout the
program, Teen Council has been considering how politics and media attention
affect the LGBTQ community and communities of color. We also came to realize
that these concerns were intersectional and often times impact more people than
we know. We are excited to share Teen Council’s amazing art with you in issue
#25 of our Musezine.
Created in 2005, the Bronx Museum Teen Council offers dynamic experiences
with contemporary art and culture through an intensive after-school program for
teens. Structured around video production, artist interviews, zine publication, and
exhibition curation, this 8-month program provides teens with an open forum for
the expression of ideas and dialogue on issues affecting young people today.
2018-2019 Teen Council
Aameer Johnson, Angel Crespo, Ashley Melendez, Biridiana Diaz, Carlos
Vargas, Daniela Torres, Devon Sawyer, Jayla Hazel Niass, Mariday Kenlock,
Natalia Ruzzi, Nyrie Irizarry, Ryan Figueroa, Soraya Sanchez
Museum Educators: Aida Šehović and Edwin Gonzalez
Front Cover: Carlos Vargas, Page 3 Carlos Vargas, Page 4 Soraya Sanchez, Page 5 Mariday
Kenlock, Page 6 Jayla Hazel Niass, Page 7 Aameer Johnson, Page 8 Aameer Johnson, Page 9
Ashley Melendez, Page 10 Daniela Torres, Page 11 Devon Sawyer, Page 12 Angel Crespo, Page 13
Ashley Melendez, Page 14 Carlos Vargas, Page 15 Ashley Melendez, Page 16 Angel Crespo, Page
17 Biridiana Diaz, Page 18 Nyrie Irizarray, Page 19 Jayla Hazel Niass, Page 20 Nyrie Irizarray , Page
21 Natalia Ruzzi, Page 22 Angel Crespo, Page 23 Daniela Torres, Page 24 Nyrie Irizarray, Page 25
Biridiana Diaz, Page 26 Mariday Kenlock, Page 27 Mariday Kenlock, Page 28 Ryan Figueroa, Page
29 Devon Sawyer, Page 30 Natalia Ruzzi, Page 31 Mariday Kenlock, Page 32 Ryan Figueroa, Page
33 Soraya Sanchez, Page 34 Daniela Torres, Page 35 Aameer Johnson, Back Cover: Carlos Vargas
Teen Council is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Education and Community
Programs are generously supported by Booth Ferris Foundation, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, Laurie M. Tisch
Illumination Fund, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Malka Fund, New Yankee Stadium
Community Benefits Fund, New York Yankees Foundation, O’Grady Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation,
Target, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Council Member
Diana Ayala, and Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr.
1040 GRAND CONCOURSE, BRONX, NY 10456
you dare shout with silent lips,
“give me your tired, your poor!”
here our oceans, cities of silver
our cities, mausoleums of gold
yet you built those steel walls
encompassing your false promises
for the titanium partitions
from our poor.
you dare shout under the guise of a
spewed from racist lips,
our tired, our poor,
our huddled masses yearning
reject your bigotry
L S C F A D G Y O C N L A S I
U N R G S O W W I X X A F D W
F M A O C I R T N E C O R F A
I E C T V U S P N W U A O A S
T L U A U I B D Q A G G BY E
UA Z S T R V I I N P O H A I
A N U R O V A R F A L P A T M
E I A L U O S L U I R L YS O
B N J B D G H Q T S H B C U H
R A T C H E T I G N O R T S C
W A V E S D O G X E X B I I Q
D N T Z Z N O M K Q F T L Y Y
O T D T I W V O Q V E O R W Y
O Q Z S D T W V F A R O K J Y
G B T I U Z C Q N F U A J H A
I am not the token gay
to be put in the background and locked away
I am not a storyline
To be written in and created for your lies
I am not a stray,
Use me and loose me
That’s not my forte
I am the lead
I take control
I don’t give up easy
The spotlight is my home
L a b e l s
Take a sticker,
One, or maybe a few.
Write your name,
Write who are YOU,
Write everything about
Because we want to see.
We want to know everything
That you may be.
Different or the same,
We want to know.
Stick them on your forehead
Or chest and you’re good to go.
Cover YOURSELF in .
Don’t worry they’ll .
These are your labels,
And they are meant to be