Thank you to every one that came out last night!
At 5pm on Thursday, January 17th, the lobby and hallways of The Motor House on North Avenue became alive with the presence of motivated young artists with their proud families in tow. Baltimore City Public School teachers searched for their students who were all too happy to show them to their works of art displayed throughout the gallery space.
Supporters of Arts Every Day and Baltimore Ceasefire also came out to see the powerful works of students and teachers who each, in their own way, responded to the Ceasefire movement and efforts through personal reflections, calls to action, or visions of a better tomorrow.
Curator, Alexis Dixon, recognized the talents of every artist and thanked the audience for showing their support while calling for folks to see and listen to what each work of art is trying to say. Dixon noted that while many works showed the pain and struggle that comes from a city torn apart by gun violence, just as many works depicted hope and dreams of a greater Baltimore.
Baltimore Ceasefire Youth Ambassadors did not disappoint with their call to heed young voices, look to them as the now and the future, and recognized the power and potential they hold. Destini Philpot performed original spoken word poetry with poise and authority followed by Shayla Williams who beautifully sang her rendition of “Read All About It” by Emeli Sandé.
A powerful article was written by Dan Rodricks of The Baltimore Sun who took a critical look at the 10X10 Exhibit and how Baltimore’s youth are using art to depict their realities and express hope for a better tomorrow.
See The Baltimore Sun article by Dan Rodricks here.
We are grateful to all who ventured out last night for the reception and for those that were unable to make it- don’t worry! The show will remain on view until February 28th. For more information about the exhibit or to request a guided tour of the works, contact Betty Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410.685.1172.