Art(Trek) in their F.U.T.U.R.E.?
Art Trek, an annual event held by the Chicago Southland Visual Arts Coalition, marked its
sixth anniversary, the youth of F.U.T.U.R.E. traveled through their own imaginations to
impress upon canvass, paper and other materials expressions of stories visualizing talent,
aspiration and confidence demonstrated by their art.
LaKenndra's art spoke to the confidence she
has in herself. In speaking about her art, she was asked about her interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Nights, which
began as sort of a mistake in that she had unintentionally begun to draw it as a reflection in a mirror. But she finished
it as a very good reflection, confident that she could draw it in any direction she chose. Her choices, as well as her confidence,
did not end with Van Gogh, for she was one of the few with more than one work of art.
LaKenndra's Trek - Confident. She drew a perfect reflection of Van Gogh's Starry Nights
because she could.
For Romelle's piece, it was obvious that Art Trek was not his first experience with artistic
expression. His drawing of Betty Boop was a tribute to Ms. Dimples, (a.k.a. Margaret
Figgures). Her office is full of pictures of the cute and curvatious cartoon. Romelle went a step further, by creating a
rendition that is an original; Ms. Boop performing a physical exercise routine. Other than her obviously familiar face,
this work was created entirely from Romelle's minds eye.
Romelle, Artist-in-training. Natural ability. Visualized Betty Boop in Ms. Dimples (Margaret Figgures)
office. Drew from the head, and the heart.
Marcus, as counselor, continues to teach, through words, actions, and art. In his piece, the affinity for African-American
pride and sense of nationalism is the theme of his art. He has a strong desire to learn and teach about the history of his people.
He credits his older brother with his knowledge of African history, who studied it extensively and imparted much of it to Marcus,
along with the desire to teach it to others. Marcus also credits his mom, who held the family together through challenging
circumstances. Marcus' desire to reach youth at F.U.T.U.R.E. is fueled by a strong sense of community, and a desire to see
bettr things ahead, as he prepares to further his education and eventually practice business law. His art displays the many
travels of an African warrior, a trek he would like to take many along for the ride.
Marcus - a passing down of history, tradition and values through art.
There are many more treks through the imagination of the youth at F.U.T.U.R.E. and the Art Trek program. Many of the works are
currently on display in the lobby of F.U.T.U.R.E. Foundation Youth Services. All are invited to see all of the art firsthand,
and travel with the artists to worlds and places beyond the miles of the trip to the youth center.