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Identity, Strengths & Weaknesses

The ArtEsteem program is moving full steam ahead at Hoover Elementary School! The current project focuses on themes of identity. The youth are designing masks that reflect different aspect of their personality, and in essence, how they see themselves. This process has brought some thought provoking discussions to the classroom. Students were challenged by being asked critical questions such as, “What have you learned about your identity?” and “What are your strengths?”

This project will go on throughout the school year, and we’re excited to show you the completed pieces on May 18th at ArtEsteem’s 21st Annual Exhibition! The event is happening right here at AHC, catch the details on our event page.

Masks from different cultures, for inspiration.

Masks from different cultures, for inspiration.

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From left: Mask inspiration, Mr. Eddie helps out, student writes down her strengths.

From left: Mask inspiration, Mr. Eddie helps out, student writes down her strengths.

Students work on developing their narrative, and help each other along the way!

Students work on developing their narrative, and help each other along the way!

Student thinks about her identity.

Student thinks about her identity.

BAYCAT Filming at AHC

We loved having our friends from BAYCAT at AHC this morning! BAYCAT is a nonprofit based in San Francisco that provides media education and jobs for youth of color. Their mission is to end inequality and racism through the art of storytelling.

This morning they interviewed AHC co-founders Kokomon and Aeeshah Clottey for a documentary on food justice in black communities. We will keep you posted about it’s release date!

pictured: AHC co-founder Kokomon Clottey

pictured: AHC co-founder Kokomon Clottey

pictured: BAYCAT staff

pictured: BAYCAT staff

pictured: AHC co-founder Aeeshah Clottney

pictured: AHC co-founder Aeeshah Clottney