Inspiration 3: Afromysterics Visits PS149

I'm pretty sure by now that everyone knows how important it is to Laolu that his work reaches out to people and inspires them, so you can imagine his pleasure when one of the representatives of a Public School in Brooklyn, PS 149 Danny Kaye School, contacted him via ARTs East New York (Where he is currently running an exhibition) asking if he would like to come to the school and participate in a program they intended to run. The program was tagged: Arts & Interests Extravaganza and was aimed at exposing the kids in that school to the possibilities that the arts have to offer.  

PS149 Arts &Extravaganza.

PS149 Arts &Extravaganza.

Laolu, along with other artists, musicians and performers shared two hours with the kids, interacting with them, encouraging them and performing for them. The first hour was spent in the auditorium, with singers, dancers pianists and other performing artists thrilling the children as they demonstrated the practical use of performance arts. Laolu, being a musician as well as an artist was one of the performers and engaged his young audience with his performance of Flowers and Ile. 

After the performances, the children and their parents trooped down to the cafeteria where tables had been set up for the artists to interact with the kids, answer questions and run activities with them. Laolu decided to provide coloring sheets of one of his artworks (My Charcoal Brooklyn) for kids interested in coloring and also worked on a collaborative drawing with the kids; any one who showed an interest just had to pick up a sharpie, draw whatever they wanted to draw on the large sketch pad provided and walk away. 


First Volunteer. Ready to conquer a blank page.

First Volunteer. Ready to conquer a blank page.

Drawing on one end, Coloring on another.

Drawing on one end, Coloring on another.

After Many Volunteers, the work was taking shape.

After Many Volunteers, the work was taking shape.

Adding her touch to the piece.

Adding her touch to the piece.

The little men color intently, while the lady adds a touch of music to the drawing.

The little men color intently, while the lady adds a touch of music to the drawing.

It was heartwarming to see how eagerly they participated in the activities.