WHAT: ArtEsteemsm 15th Annual Art Exhibition, “Reflections of Me and My World 2013”
THEME: “Self as Super Hero: THE POWER TO TRANSFORM”
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm
WHERE: Oasis Gallery @ American Steel Studios, 1960 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA (enter on 20th Street)
The public is invited to attend ArtEsteem’s 15th Annual Art Exhibit “Reflections of Me and My World”, a free community event on Saturday June 8, 2013 from 3pm to 6pm, showcasing artwork from twelve schools and community centers, mainly located in Oakland. A Super Hero Award will be given out, honoring an individual for the extraordinary work he/she has done to uplift the lives of the most vulnerable in our culture.
The Attitudinal Healing Connection offers transformative intervention strategies for schools through ArtEsteem, an art and social justice program. “Reflections of Me and My World 2013” is an annual exhibition that offers young people opportunities to display their work to the public. The exhibition highlights thought provoking visual and performance art created by ArtEsteem students. Giving voice to dreams, desires and concerns, these young artists are creatively engaged in a year long learning process, developing skills and techniques in visual arts, fashion design and cultural expression. Under the theme and curriculum of Self as Super Hero, students create super heroes with powers to solve problems in the world and transform communities. This year’s theme, “Self as Super Hero: The Power to Transform” focuses on using the power of creativity to bring about transformation in our children and communities.
This year, ArtEsteem is partnering with both The Art of Living Black and American Steel Studios. ArtEsteem is partnering with The Art of Living Black to bring arts enrichment and professional artists into schools, introducing students to new mediums and styles of art. Professional artists were selected to work with students to produce several projects, which will be displayed at the exhibition. Graciously housing this years’ exhibition is American Steel Studios.
The event will spotlight art that expresses the critical thinking, realities, and dreams of self and society, created by children and youth ages 6 to 18. Most of the art will be for sale. There will be a fashion show presenting the work of fashion design students, along with performances from the cultural arts classes. Based on past years, the exhibit is expected to draw more than 500 patrons and significant media presence.
ArtEsteem focuses on, but is not limited to, serving children and youth who are at risk for violence and other dangerous behaviors. It aims to increase students’ capacity for leadership and enhance artistic skills in schools where art classes have been cancelled due to budget cuts. ArtEsteem provides on-site art instruction, workshops and assemblies that impact over 2500 public-school children annually. Each year, the program culminates in this professionally produced art exhibition that promotes young talent, provides a vehicle for public acknowledgement of their efforts, supports creative expression, and celebrates the importance of the arts.