REACH Teens Unveil a Community Art Project Recognizing the Significance of Malcolm X – March 24th from 11am-12pm at Shabazz Academy

LANSING:   REACH Studio Art Center’s Teen Open Studio (TOS) is unveiling a Community Art Project (CAPs) created in partnership with Lansing Community College’s (LCC) Centre for Engaged Inclusion.  LCC Sociology students have visited REACH teens 4 times from October-December to have discussions about Malcolm X to inspire the design process and to participate in the creation of a Malcolm X themed mural.  The final work of art is a free standing life size mosaic mural of Malcolm X, with hand-carved tiles highlighting moments of his life.  REACH students also created a life-casting of a hand so that people may take photos of themselves shaking Malcolm X’s hand.

The final installation of this mural will be unveiled at Shabazz Academy (1028 W Barnes Ave, Lansing, MI 48910), on Friday, March 24 from 11am-12pm.  REACH staff will explain the process and meanings hidden within the mural and Malcolm X’s niece Deborah Jones will speak about and share photos of the Little family from 11:15-11:45pm.

This project is funded by the City of Lansing, Capital Area United Way, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

TOS fosters teen and young adult leaders that are involved in our community through regular attendance by 25 teens and 10 guest artists each year.  TOS has created 101 works of public art for 27 partners since 2010, and will continue to dedicate 40 weeks every year to CAPs.  Creating public art in a mentored environment gives teens the opportunity to interact with local professionals, artists, volunteers and local leaders in ways that are accessible, centered on topics they are passionate about and leaves open avenues for future communication and collaboration.  To see videos of our past projects, visit www.vimeo.com/reachstudioart.

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