Youth Art Will Be on Full Display for #SoulBasel in #Overtown

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MIAMI – Each year, Art Basel spans three continents and on December 7-10, 2017 it will grace both the shores of Miami and the Historic African American Overtown Community as it does annually.

And youth from Urgent, Inc.’s Rites of Passage, FACE (Film, Arts, Coding & Entrepreneurship) and After School Programs will showcase their talents as part of the Soul Basel experience in Overtown, with, “Our Voice Matters,” a  multi-media collection of art, photography, film and more.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to The Children’s Trust, The Black Archives History and Research Foundation, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Miami Dade County.

The voices of youth made possible through the arts will be celebrated for 3-days featuring the work of young artists and filmmakers ages 5-21, and their grandparents too.

The festivities are open to the public, for more information visit here. If you go:

  • Opening Gallery Reception- Thursday, December 7, 3-6pm at the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery, 249 NW 9th St, Miami, FL 33136. Includes a guided artwork, interactive Photo Booth and youth entrepreneur pop up shop. Presented in partnership with The Black Archives History and Research Foundation.
  • Youth Film Night- Friday, December 8, 4-7pm on the first floor of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL  33136. Includes youth film screening, popcorn and drinks for $5.  Presented in partnership with Florida Film House.

Community Arts Day- Saturday, December 9, 1-4pm at the Historic Ward Rooming House. Includes a fun-filled afternoon of spoken word, dance, music, art project and so much more.  Presented in partnership with Path to Hip Hop.

Arts Council of Southern #Indiana exhibit showcases work of at-risk youth

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NEW ALBANY — Today marks the start of a month-long art show in New Albany exhibiting the works of at-risk youth as they work through trauma with art.

Kentuckiana's Inspired Building Bridges opens to the public today at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana in New Albany, featuring the portraits of community leaders, painted by students at Maryhurst, a private non profit agency that cares for more than 400 children and families each year, according to a news release.

The annual show, in its eighth year, has been hosted at different cultural spots each year; past locations include the Muhammid Ali Center and the African-American Heritage Museum.

The program pairs the kids with local leaders for interviews and photos the children then use as a marker for painting the portraits. The project not only gives children who may have experienced trauma a creative outlet, but seeks to inspire them by showing them their potential in the community.

Youth group #Groundswell aims to expand #art and #activism work

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In 1996, Groundswell’s first mural went up on a building in Williamsburg. That piece, addressing the topic of tenants’ rights, no longer exists. It’s been whitewashed. But the nonprofit, which is dedicated to student art and activism, is still making its mark across the city with 500 murals and counting.

Robyne Walker Murphy, the social justice organization’s new executive director, has noticed Groundswell’s work as long as she’s lived in New York, some 18 years now.

“These murals were just a part of the landscape — part of my daily walk or just being in the neighborhood,” said Murphy, an art and social justice educator and administrator who joined the organization a year ago. “You would just see them everywhere.”

The murals are a large part of the organization’s mission — working with teaching artists, students primarily from ages 16 to 19, local groups and schools to address issues affecting the community and creating public art that reflects those issues.

“We’re not just painting things to make it really beautiful,” Murphy said. “We’re speaking to issues like police brutality and sexual harassment. We’re also talking about possibility and celebrating the beauty in these communities, too.”

In recent years, Groundswell has also expanded its programming to reach more students and people interested in “artivism” — a portmanteau of art and activism.

Exhibit showcases art of #NativeAmerican youth

 For more than 35 years, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has supported our next generation of indigenous artists with the annual Native American Student Art Show. The event encourages students to express their personal creativity while reflecting upon their deep-rooted history and traditions. This juried art show is open to Native American students in grades Pre-K through 12.

For more than 35 years, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has supported our next generation of indigenous artists with the annual Native American Student Art Show. The event encourages students to express their personal creativity while reflecting upon their deep-rooted history and traditions. This juried art show is open to Native American students in grades Pre-K through 12.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An exhibition opened today that shows off the creativity of New Mexico’s Native American young people.

The Native American Student Art Show is an annual event featuring works from K through 12 students across the state.

Any Native American student can submit a piece and winners are chosen by a jury.

Some of the art is also for sale, with proceeds going right back to the students.

The show is in the 38th year. This year’s theme is “The Power of Stories.”

“It’s a Native-relevant topic and so it’s something they can come together and kind of think about and put themselves down on a piece of paper saying ‘this is what I think about storytelling.’ or ‘this is a story that means a lot to me’ and I want to share that,” said Rachel Moore, curator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

The show runs every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through January 5 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on 12th Street near Menaul.

More here.

#Immigrant Youth Are Dreaming Up a Home in Basalt

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Art Base, a nonprofit cultural center in Basalt, is working with youth from the town's Latino immigrant community to create dream homes through art. Led by local artist Ajax Axe, the project is helping twelve young men and one young woman, some DREAMers and others recently arrived immigrants, to explore the concept of home and connect to where they live today.

Basalt is where many workers who serve the wealthy ski haven of Aspen live, and the economic gap between the two towns is stark.

"It's weird for them to live in this small community with such a big disparity," Ajax says. "There's this disenfranchisement...kids want to participate in events that are popular here, like skiing, but can't because of money, language."

All the participating students are enrolled in the English Language Development program at Basalt High School led by Leticia Ingram, the 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year.

More here.