AeroSoul is a community institution and cultural resource that documents, promotes and develops the legacy and rich history of the African/African diaspora's writing culture commonly known as Aerosol Art or Spray Can Art. From ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) pyramid texts and Dogon (Mali) wall drawings to the wall paintings of (Haitian) Vodun temples; AeroSoul draws upon the legacy of African/African diasporic writing and literary narrative that is displayed on walls and architecture. AeroSoul’s international outreach and influence extends to Africa, Europe and Hawaii by collaborating with and showing the work of artists from all parts of Africa and the African diaspora. AeroSoul’s artists create murals in the HipHop aesthetic that advocate for self-determination in struggling Black and Brown communities.
We are raising money to be used to bring a Teen artist to Senegal for the international spray can art conference called Festigraff 8, held in Dakar Senegal (West Africa) April 13th 2017. The money will be used for airfare, lodging and the purchase of art materials such as respirators, brushes and paints. These materials will be donated directly to African artists participating in the International Festival(FestiGraff 8) who don't easily have access to such materials.
During FestiGraff this year, AeroSoul will work with artists from the African diaspora to create murals in Senegal themed around social justice, peace and love. We will also engage local African children in art lessons and mural painting. These efforts help to bring awareness to communities in need as well as supporting African self determination. We are building bridges with art and your support will help insure our success.
We will be leaving for Africa in April and as a result we need the funds from now until April 29th.
As artists who have worked with youth in both the US, the African diaspora and Africa our mission is to bring the value of our teaching and artistic skills in collaborative projects across African and African diasporic lines. Garnering the funds to go to Africa will make our work as ambassadors of aerosol art more powerful because we can arrive with the gift of material resources as well as our exemplary skills as artists. We've spent a lifetime acquiring the skills to create collaborative projects and those people who donate to our campaign will assist us with realizing a priceless teaching and creative experience in Africa.