Last month, the local nonprofit Drawing Together served over 300 students in grades TK-5th at Wrightwood Elementary School through art assemblies to all students. Every student received a workbook, to create their drawings in, and an invitation to the upcoming art exhibition, Picture Me Here, which will be hosted at the Wrightwood Arts Center in April and May.
Each art assembly included a presentation from a contemporary artist who uses their cultural identity to inspire their artwork. These artists were selected to expose the community to a diverse group of artists, and offer representation to students of color in the community.
The lead artist, founder, and Executive Director of the project and nonprofit Drawing Together said, “It’s amazing to see how many connections can be made within a 45-minute workshop. For example, we saw Mexican-American students speaking up and excited to share about their culture, which is one of our main goals with this project.”
The public is welcome to see the four exhibiting artists at either the opening on April 30th from 5:00pm – 7:00 pm, or on May 7, 14, or 21 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Artwork will be for sale and will include paintings, sculptures, glass art, fabric art, and video. Families are encouraged to attend!
Additionally, an adult workshop will be offered on Saturday, May 7th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Local musician Dr. Greg Jones and lead artist Jamie Crooke Powell will be in conversation about the project themes, followed by a drawing exercise. The community is invited to participate.
This project was made possible by a grant from the California Arts Council and from individual donor contributions. Drawing Together is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that accepts tax-deductible donations, which help to provide free programming to the community.
Drawing Together is an arts-based nonprofit, whose mission is to work with individuals and communities to creatively envision a healthier future through art. They consider health from a holistic perspective and view equity and social justice as part of a healthy community. Their work includes art education classes, adult workshops, community projects, and advocacy work.