“Before a child talks, they sing. Before they write, they draw. As soon as they stand, they dance. Art is a fundamental human expression.” - Phylicia Rashaad
To deprive a child of that kind of fundamental expression is to take away their ability to lead with love, compassion, and empathy, in whichever career path they decide to pursue later on in life. Our creative imagination is the only thing that makes us unique as human beings on this planet. It is our superpower, and the simplest, most effective way to activate that power, is through the arts.
When I was ten, my family migrated to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota to flee the civil war that was raging in Liberia, Africa. Unlike my peers, I had never attended school before, and I struggled academically because I felt stifled. The focus was always on academics, with very few career options, and the idea of art as a career path was nonexistent. But once I was exposed to art, it quickly became more than just a hobby- it became my lifeline.
Art has been the one tool, the one thing I was passionate about, that helped me stay out of trouble and develop the social and emotional skills that have allowed me to grow into a successful artist today. Art truly saved my life-- but the reality is that being an Artist is a largely white, middle-class dream. For many people of color, a career in the arts is simply unobtainable due to financial constraints and the lack of art education and opportunity in our communities. I strongly believe NOW is our time to change that.
The vision of the Renaissance Fire!! Project is to be the lifeline for the young artists in our communities. It is to help further expand and enhance the vision of making art programs more accessible to young people of color, in underserved communities like Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and afford them the opportunity to cultivate their imagination and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.
Being a black artist here is a lonely existence. I’ve adopted the model of “compassionate capitalism” in my career to alleviate some of the financial pressure on parents by providing free basic art training to kids and young adults in my community. My goal is to engage these young artists with hands-on education and build pathways that activate their creative powers and teach ownership. But, in order to truly fulfil the vision of Renaissance Fire!!, I need your help.
Please consider donating to The Renaissance Fire!! Project. All funds will be administered by Take Back Africa Foundation learn more .
Every donation will help make this dream closer to a reality by helping to provide paint classes, art supplies, branding and marketing to expand our reach, space rentals, the hiring of additional talent, and more.
All donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a T-shirt, facial mask or small art print 4x6.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to this important cause that means so much to me and to our budding young artists!.
BREATHE T-Shirt plus small Print $33
DREAM AND MANIFEST plus Small Print. $22.
Small Photo Print $5
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