Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Amplified" Black History Month Exhibition

Through out my years at The University of the Arts, I have been afforded a great deal of opportunities, and luckily along with my chance to be a community scholar, I was able to assume the position of President of African Diaspora Collective (ADC)  {U'arts Black Student Union}. As president I make it a priority to align our mission with community outreach and programming, especially since Philadelphia has such a large African American community. So naturally I thought that it would be a great idea to intermingle my involvement with ADC with my volunteering at The Red Shield! With that in mind, I reached out to the Vice President of ADC, Nia Benjamin and a small group of active members and we undertook the project of "AMPLIFIED": A Black History Month Exhibition!

The mission of "AMPLIFIED" was to get a group of U'Arts CAMD students to participate in an art exhibition with some of the children at the Red Shield. We wanted to give the children of the Red Shield the opportunity to make art in numerous mediums and have it displayed in a real gallery for everyone to admire! With help from GALLERY ONE president, Sydney Andrews, we were given the privilege of using the GALLERY ONE gallery space! In addition, we were able to sit down with the children and give them prompts to work with to create some of their best art! 

We asked them questions such as; "Who is your hero?", "What are three things you love to do?", "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and the art that was produced was just as broad as the questions! 

It was a lot of fun to get to witness the children use their imaginations and even more enjoyable to see the college students expound on that imagination! 

Below are some of the pictures from the event! 

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