Students also got a rare chance to help the instructor contribute details while interacting one-on-one. Plus, once the workshop was finished, the kids had a take-away, and the community at large now has a new and beautiful public artwork on display at Foundation Walls on Old Lyman Street, where generous donors have provided space and structures that can be transformed into vibrant urban canvases.
OpenDoors Kids Treated to a Hiphop Art “Trek”
OpenDoors was excited to partner with PATH (Preserving, Archiving, and Teaching HipHop) during a 3-day urban visual arts workshop, led by the internationally-renowned artist Trek6 – who divides his time between Asheville and his hometown of Miami, FL, and celebrated Miami based HipHop MC, Sekajipo.
PATH is an innovative organization that uses HipHop culture and education to advance academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, and entrepreneurship in underserved communities. Through HipHop, youth can be educated in a way that builds character, confidence, competence, and healthy interpersonal connections.
The goal of this dynamic, interactive event, which is part of the OpenDoors “One Neighborhood” program in the River Arts District, is to share a keen appreciation and understanding of the value of public works. Kids learn how public art can elevate neighborhoods and celebrate creative community enterprise, teamwork, and collaborative volunteerism. Participating kids were treated to hands-on art lessons alongside local and internationally-celebrated artists, lectures about urban visual art forms, the vocabulary and materials of the urban artist, and tips and insights on how to conceptualize an indoor or outdoor art project, create a working outline, and stage-by-stage filling and coloring.