The 2018 Art Start Portrait Project offers Black and Brown young men from Milwaukee and New York City the opportunity to portray the complex narratives about their identities, asking the world to see them for how they choose to be seen. Through Art Start workshops and in-depth dialogue, participants explored personal identity and envisioned their lives beyond circumstance and stereotype. With support from world-class photographers, retouchers, stylists, and oral historians, those visions will come to life at the Art Start Portrait Project Opening Exhibition on October 3, 2018 at the Kenilworth Gallery East, 5-8pm.
Join us and the Milwaukee youth participants as this show opens for a brief exhibition at Kenilworth East Gallery, before traveling to New York. Engage our public campaign, #SeeMeBecause and join the movement to support our young men of color's liberation through self-determination.
Participating artists on this year's project include Natalie Brasington and David Johnson, as well as Mary Ellen Matthews (Saturday Night Live), Nick Collura, @Zachary Maxwell Stertz, Paul Gilmore, Ken Pao, Heidi Gutman, Sara Stathas, Justice de los Santos, and Art Start alumni, Kissenia Chara-Williams.
The Art Start Portrait Project 2018 is presented by Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee, with the support of the Black and Latino Male Achievement Department of Milwaukee Public Schools, Studio-C Milwaukee, and Kenilworth Gallery East with the support of the Brico Fund, and NYC-based Dcoy Studios.
More about The Art Start Portrait Project:
The 2018 Art Start Portrait Project is the sixth iteration of the project, founded in 2013 by New York City’s Art Start. The 2018 participants from Milwaukee join a living archive of hundreds of youth and families over five years who, as complex, self-determined people in pursuit of self-discovery, have asked the world to see them because...
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