2016, EMERGING VISUAL ARTIST NICO

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

Photo taken by Mauricio Quintero

 
Nico's painting titled Building a Better New York Description: The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico's painting titled Building a Better New York

Description: The illustration portrays the Empire State Building to represent "Building", a protractor to representthe letter "A", a whisk inside of a red velvet cake batter to represent "Better", and the Statue Of Liberty to represent "New York", even though the presence of the Empire State Building should already indicate that fact. Individuals should read this portrait from left to right in order to gain the insight of Building a Better New York. In addition, there's a street sign to represent which direction people can choose: the possibility of a good route, a bad route or perhaps a better route where the road splits up into two. Mr. Isaac is trying to demonstrate to the public of making a choice in which people can be impacted negatively or positively.

Nico, 19 

From: Brooklyn, NY 

Focus: Painting and Mixed Media 

Nico is a 19 year old visual artist from Brooklyn. He studied art all his life in various programs. Throughout middle school he attended abstract and perspective drawing courses at Pratt Institute as well as a weekly visual arts course through Rush Kids at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. He is currently part of the mural program with Groundswell. Nico is passionate about all forms of art. In the program he plans to explore new mediums.  

 
Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

Nico with his paintings at the Emerging Artists showcase. 

2016, EMERGING M.C. / MALIK

Malik's photo taken by Mauricio Quintero 

Malik's photo taken by Mauricio Quintero 

Malik, 16 

From: Brooklyn, NY

Focus: M.C. 

Malik is a 16-year old M.C. from Brooklyn. Malik came to Art Start by recommendation of program partner YO SOS (Youth Organizing Save Our Streets). Malik is passionate about social justice and often writes music that express his feelings about gun violence and police brutality. In the Emerging Artist Program, Malik records each week at the Art Start Studios. He workshops his writing with his mentor and will soon begin making his own beats.

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/dreamchaser-lik


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2016, EMERGING VOCAL PERFORMER / TAYAHNA

Tayahna's photo taken by Natalie Brasington

Tayahna's photo taken by Natalie Brasington

 

Tayahna,15

Focus: Vocal Performance

Tayahna is a 15 year old singer, rapper, songwriter and music producer. Tayahna’s talent was first discovered at the early age of five, when her mother entered her into local talent shows where she always came in first place in her category. Since then, she has been performing all over NYC. Tayahna believes that performing is what she was born to do and says it’s as important to her as breathing! 

She spends the majority of her free time creating and recording her own songs and beats using Pro Tools, Logic, and Reason. Tayahna also plays the piano and the acoustic guitar. Her dream is to become an international recording artist and performer so she can share her music and talent with the world. 

 


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2016, EMERGING SINGER / REBEKKA

Rebekka Lewis, 21

Focus: Vocal Performance

Rebekka is an aspiring Singer/Songwriter who has been singing for as long as she can remember

With musical influences like Bruno Mars and Jhene Aiko, Rebekkah longs to make soulful music with meaningful messages.  She wants her music to be uplifting and inspire people to make it out of difficult times because that what music has been for her.  Life has deterred her a couple of times, but she is determined to pursue her passion for singing, and dedicating her time to learning how to enhance her technical skills in voice and performance.  

Rebbeka is hopeful that the program will provide her the structure to develop a more disciplined and solid work ethic.  


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2016, EMERGING ARTIST / SYDNEY

 

Sydney, 20 

Focus: Visual Arts

Sydney is  20 year old “artists artist.” She has been drawing, singing, dancing, acting and writing ever since she was child.  She realized in high school that art was her calling and explored the in’s and out of visual arts.

Sydney now draws all day and night. As a resident in EAR, she hopes to be exposed to it all; drawing, still life drawing, freelance painting, sculpting and even digital photography.  She believes that they would all help to expand her knowledge of more than one art form. It would give her extra skills to better enhance her own works originality.  

Sydney wants to share with the world, through her art work, all the pain, love, hate, stress, happiness, funny, dark, confused, beautiful and amazing times in her life. She wants to allow the world see her, through the canvas and accept it all, just as she has. One day, she would like to see her art work being hung in amazing exhibits, talked about, analyzed with such wonder and interest.

She expects the EAR program to help her network, provide her with opportunities to  give me work with upscale art companies and individuals, and help her grow personally to improve her talent.


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2016, EMERGING FILMMAKER / MELISSA

Melissa, Age 16

From: Bronx

Focus: Filmmaking

Melissa is a 16 year old aspiring filmmaker.  She first became interested in filmmaking after watching a special effects documentary of a horror film.  Her fascination with the filmmaking discipline has only grown since.  

Melissa hopes to be a make of all types of films and work both behind the camera and in the editing room as a videographer and director.  She hopes to create films that both entertain audiences and make political statements. Being someone with the desire to facilitate political awareness,  if Melissa were to have an opportunity to make a film now, it would be a film giving people insight into the real lives of politicians, mainly the President.  She also has interests in comedy and drama.

Melissa believes that perseverance, consistency and networking are the three most important factors that contribute to any artists success.  She expects the EAR residency to position her to lay a solid foundation for her career in filmmaking.


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MEET AYANNA

Back in high school, I was very involved with a local family shelter & in my senior year I developed an art class for parents & children living there. I was eager to continue the work when I came to college & Art Start gave me an opportunity to serve a community that I am passionate about.

Ayanna was raised in St. Mary, Jamaica and Snellville, Georgia before moving to New York City in 2010 to attend The New School for Anthropology and Contemporary Music. She currently works at the NYC Department of Education, and is planning to earn her Masters in Ethnomusicology. In 2012, she began volunteering with Art Start on the Hip-Hop teen night at LIFE. Since then, she has volunteered during music and art nights at both LIFE and now, the Bushwick Family Shelter. She has a passion for music, social justice, and creating accessible spaces for learning together. www.ayannaheaven.com


Favorite song to dance to (when nobody’s watching)!?

This one is really tough but I’ll give two: “(Not Just) Knee Deep” by the Funkadelics and recently, “Work” by Rihanna.
 

What do you do as a volunteer?

I currently volunteer on Thursday nights on the theater and music night with Nella. We have done so many fun projects with the kids, and I love getting creative with them every week. I am currently working with a small group to choreograph a dance to perform in a few weeks. It’s so much fun seeing all that they come up with when we are together on Thursdays.


What inspired you to get involved with bringing arts to underserved NYC youth?

I have always had a passion for the arts and education, so this was a perfect fit for me when I began volunteering in 2012. Back in high school, I was very involved with a local family shelter, and in my senior year I developed an art class for parents and children living there. I was eager to continue the work when I came to college, and Art Start gave me an opportunity to serve a community that I am passionate about.


Can you share a special moment you experienced during one of our workshops?

Every month we have a family night where we encourage family members to join us at workshop. A few months ago, we had just finished learning choreography to “Love On Top” and we decided to give families the opportunity to join in and perform the dance with our youth. Most of those in attendance were pretty shy, but we had one father who came and totally got down! He learned the choreography and nailed it during our performance. It is always fun to have parents in attendance, as they sometimes get to see a different side of their children in workshop. In this case, we got to see a different side of this parent, which was so funny and sweet to witness.


How has your time as a volunteer impacted you?

My time as a volunteer has been so formative, and my friends and family all know how important Art Start is to me. I have grown close to so many of the kids who attend the sessions, and it is always extremely bittersweet when they move out of the shelter. I have really learned to appreciate the time you have together with people, as it truly is fleeting. Every week that we have with the youth is important to cherish and to value. I wish them all the best as they move with their families, and I hope that our paths will cross again in the future.

 

Share a dream with us.

I dream of a society that allows all people to live their authentic lives free of hate and injustice. I dream of a people who understand their collective power, with the courage to speak their truth. Last, I dream of a world where we elevate the voice of our youth, and respect that they know best what they need to succeed.