Youth Summit Alum Starts an Art Show

Tri-Cities High School Visual Art Magnet Program presents “The Faces of Hunger” Opening Reception on February 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Held in the Tri-Cities High School Art Gallery, the exhibit features the students’ interpretation of hunger in their community as 2D and 3D art, jewelry and ceramic pieces.  Refreshments will be served as will light appetizers provided by Sufi’s Atlanta.

The exhibit is the brainchild of Denesia O., a 10th grader in the Visual Art Magnet Program at Tri-Cities.  Denesia attended the Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty at the Atlanta Community Food Bank during the summer of 2013.  According to Denesia, “My Youth Summit experience was life changing.  Not only was I able to help people in need, but I was also able to make connections with new individuals.  I also learned many things, such as what are the two biggest groups of hungry individuals--which are actually children and the working poor--and that getting help from government funded programs can be a lot more difficult than others think.”

Each student who completes the Youth Summit agrees to a Hunger Fighting Action Step.  In addition to already being part of the art magnet program at Tri-Cities, Denesia chose the art show as her Action Step because of the support of her teachers.  “I believed that my art teachers would be on board with such an influential topic.”

Art teachers Shakirah Bryant, who is also the Gallery Curator, and Sahirah Bussey embraced the idea with open arms.  In addition to designating a gallery show on the topic, the teachers allowed class time for Hunger 101 workshops and a field trip to the Food Bank.

“My goal as an art educator is to create opportunities for my students to learn more about the community around them and have a voice and an artistic opinion through their artwork. Kids their age that they are in class with struggle with hunger everyday. I hope that this community project will help them see how fortunate they are and be willing to volunteer their services to their community in the future." Bryant adds.

All parties are hoping for record attendance at the Opening Reception.  Denesia said, “I want individuals to come to the art show to see how others define hunger.  If they can see it through visual means, then I think the idea of hunger will become more real, especially if it has always been a distant topic to that individual.  I simply hope they will gain more awareness of the hunger problem through the show and be more willing to help those in need.”

Please join us Thursday, February 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Tri-Cities High School, located at 2575 Harris Street, East Point, GA 30344.

--Chris Ferguson,
Education and Outreach Coordinator

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