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African American Art and Culture exhibit features FAIR students
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 3:00 PM

This month Minneapolis Public Schools is highlighting the amazing artwork of students from around the district — including the FAIR School — in a showcase titled “Cultural Resiliency: African American Art and Culture.”

The display is ongoing at the John B. Davis Gallery, located in the Minneapolis Public Schools Educational Service Center in North Minneapolis, now through February 27th.

Among the other schools represented, 13 visual artists from FAIR have a total of 18 creations on display.

FAIR senior Yanni Richardson used cardboard and plastic flowers to create her piece: Her junior year, she shares, was tough — so the flowers symbolize happiness. “I didn’t think it’d turn out good,” she says. “But it turned out pretty awesome.”

DeYannis' artwork made with flowers

Yanni’s art, entitled “Personal Logo Design”

Any interested people are invited to attend a Family Dance Party on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 pm. The evening will feature student artwork, a light meal and refreshments, and an hour of Black history programming including guest performances from step teams, UNC Drill Team, and Voice of Culture. Childcare will be available.

“The student artists are talented and have tapped into ancestral talents,” says Charisma Smith, an Engagement, Education & Outreach Specialist with Minneapolis Public Schools who was the inspiration behind the exhibit. “I encourage families to come out on Thursday, February 27th and celebrate the art from students who have manifested the way they see the world through their art.”

The FAIR artists with work appearing in the exhibition are Layla Macklin, Laniah Jenkins, Makyla Campbell, T’aaliyah Smith, Tyler Longtin, Faaya Adem, Jersey Jones, Yanni Richardson, Iris Tyler, Savanah Johnson, Keyura Donald, Kendal Luttery, and Latreese Brown.

As a district-wide show, featured artists hail from FAIR, North High School, Franklin Middle School, and Bethune Community School. The exhibit at the David Center is free and open to the public during normal business hours.

The exhibition is a collaboration between MPS Student and Family Engagement and MPS Arts.