Alyscia is an author and gifted photographer whose recent publication Feminine Transitions is a full-color photography book that explores the topic of natural female beauty. The book features photographs of women ranging in age from just 7 weeks old to 103 years.
Alyscia’s work has been published in The Best of Photography 2011, Beauty Around Us, Endless Journeys and Homes of Color Magazine. She has also provided photography for the Smithsonian Institution, America Online, National Geographic and the Discover Channel.
More information on Alyscia, her work, and to order a copy of Feminine Transitions please visit her website at alyscia.com
You can also check out her BA+JP profile at http://artplusjustice.org/members/alysciac/
**If you would like to be featured in our profile of the week go to http://www.artplusjustice.org and put yourself on the map!**
Greetings Baltimore Art + Justice Project supporters,
For anyone who may have taken the time to register for the BA+JP map over the past year, you may have wondered lately “what was all that for?” or perhaps “I remember signing up for that map… where is it?”
Well the answers to your questions are finally here. The Baltimore Art + Justice Map is live! Exciting right? The map (as is your profile if you were awesome and pre-registered) can be found at artplusjustice.org.
For anyone who attempted to register before and found the process confusing and may have not completed their profile, the website offers a new stream-lined registration that is, in fact, simple and fast.
While the website is live, we are still working on some tweeks and trying to polish it up in the next week. In the meantime, please check out the map and share it with friends who haven’t mapped themselves yet! Thanks again for your continued support of BA+JP!
Strong Art Strong Youth: A Convening is bringing together those in Baltimore interested and invested in access to arts programs for Baltimore youth. On Saturday, June 22nd from 9am-1pm artists, activists, community members, organizers–everyone–are encouraged to come and take part in a series of exhibits and conversations on the experiences and status of using “strong art” to build “strong youth” in Baltimore.
The day’s events are separated into hour-long segments and attendees are invited to attend all or part of the day (for a complete schedule see below). The convening will begin with an exhibit of youth and artist mentor artworks, including a gallery talk with those artists exhibiting their work. Following the exhibit there will be a presentation of the Strong Art Strong Youth Report findings by Fanon Hill and Peter Bruun. Kenneth Morrison, Sarah Tooley, Muse 360 Arts, and Unchained Talent will also highlight access to art for youth in the city as well as work currently being done by youth in Baltimore.
Using the report’s findings, Fanon Hill and Peter Bruun will also propose recommendations on bettering access and quality of youth art programs in Baltimore. Other youth arts-related initiatives such as Any Given Child, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, Turnaround Artists, and the Baltimore Art + Justice Project will also be featured, along with the work they are doing and how it relates to the recommendations. Finishing off the day there will be roundtable discussions for attendees to share their thoughts on the Strong Art Strong Youth report and recommendations over a free, light lunch.
The BA+JP Community Dialogues have shown that there is a strong need for continued conversations on topics relating to art and social justice in Baltimore City as well as the desire for building stronger networks and collaborating. The Strong Arts Strong Youth: A Convening is another opportunity for interested individuals and organizations in Baltimore to learn what is happening in the city, what is being done by others, and who might be seeking partners to collaborate with.
The convening is free and completely open to the public. Additionally, all those who attend will receive an abstract of the Strong Art Strong Youth Report and can receive the complete report by email after the event. There will also be a Youth Arts Resource Table for any related program material that you would like to bring and share at the event.
Where:James E. Lewis Museum of Art in the Carl J. Murphy Center for Fine Arts Morgan State University 2200 Argonne Drive, Baltimore MD 21251
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
9:00-10:00AM Part I: Artist Mentors Have Impact: Art Exhibit and Gallery Talk
10:00-11:00AM Part II: Strong Art Strong Youth Report Presentation
11:15AM-12:15PM Part III: Youth Arts Ecosystem & Recommendations
12:15-1:00PM Roundtable Discussions
What would a permanent national monument to survivors of rape and abuse look like? That question is being placed in countless minds across the Baltimore/DC area and nationally now thanks to the members of the Baltimore based group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. FORCE’s latest project is their largest to date.
The Monument Project is an installation aimed to not only draw attention to rape culture, but to create a space that honors and acknowledges those who have experienced rape and abuse without shaming them. The Monument Quilt, which is reminiscent of the AIDS Quilt and NAMES Project, will be created from the stories submitted by rape and abuse survivors as a large scale installation that will be displayed on the National Mall in the summer of 2014. Instead of taking on a rectangular shape, the Monument Quilt will be made into giant letters that will read “WE ARE HEARD. THIS IS NOT OUR FAULT. WE ARE NOT ALONE.” FORCE has described the quilt as a “GIANT Picnic Blanket” where they hope to engage people to stop, stay, rest, and discuss rape culture in a public forum.
FORCE is beginning to gain momentum for the campaign through the use of similar temporary installations. In February they floated giant styrofoam letters in the reflecting pool at the National Mall spelling out “I CAN’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED BUT NO ONE ELSE REMEMBERS.”
With the recent public attention given to rape and abuse in the military, the work that FORCE is doing to not only deconstruct rape culture but to create spaces that support survivor healing is incredibly timely. The group has continued to get national attention recently for their other projects which have included projecting the words “Rape is Rape” on the US Capital Building last fall and for their “PINK loves CONSENT” website. Their work uses art to place the issue of rape culture in the forefront conversations and spark those dialogues that many are often uncomfortable having.
I f you would like to add your story to the Monument Quilt, you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “My story,” they also ask that you please include what color you would like your square to be.
The Monument Project is also a large project to take on and a Kickstarter has been created to fund the project. To give to the Monument Project please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/230742001/force-upsetting-rape-culture
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