Our World: Youth Fellows Exhibition

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Do You Remember How Creative You Were In School When You Had The Chance To Express Yourself And Exactly How You Felt?

By Kadesh Carter

Often times when we think of art shows, we know the featured artist by name, or we are drawn in by the style of the work. But, what about the kids? Do you remember how creative you were in school when you had the chance to express yourself and exactly how you felt? Though many schools have cut their arts programs there are still many within the city of Oakland that allow young students to explore their imagination. Tonight at Pro Arts gallery in Downtown Oakland, Fremont High, Oakland High, Oakland Unity, Skyline High, Lighthouse Community Charter, and Oakland Technical High had their reception for the collaborative show Our World: Youth Fellows Exhibition.

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Names such as El Chapo, Donald Trump, and reminders of familiar brands including Instagram were on display.

Guided by Fine Arts teacher Eesuu Orundide, Lighthouse Community Charter students were very proud to feature their works as they expressed. With the themes of fashion, political justice, teenage lifestyle, and youth empowerment, the works from each school displayed a wide eyed understanding of the vast world around them. Each piece captivated the viewer with the desire to know more about the artist, what was seen, and if there was even possibly a more hidden meaning. Names such as El Chapo, Donald Trump, and reminders of familiar brands including Instagram were on display. With the modern touch of models beautifully dressed, they stood in several locations of the gallery as mannequins, and to many passing by that is what they appeared to be.

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Art Imitates Life

With art flourishing around us, tonight Our World was a reminder of just that, this is our world (both young, and old). It is said that art imitates life, and the feelings of hope, frustration with the state of politics, and ambitions of preparing for future art shows was seen and heard all around. For these young teens this exhibit is the world from their eyes. Their maturity, boldness, and creativity is definitely light years ahead of their time, and it is very amazing to know that they represent the future of Oakland arts.

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The installation for this event will be up until April 26th, so if you are in the Downtown Oakland Area be sure to visit the gallery, and view this amazing show.

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