The Innocence of Making New Friends

By: Danna Love

Ypsilanti , Michigan

Artist Statement

The innocence of making new friends without imprinted discriminatory boundaries. This artwork was created while creating the book Woke Seed, which promotes equality by the belief in One Universal God.

Awakening

By: Lauren Magda

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Artist Statement

Awakening can be interpreted in many ways, as with all art right? But I personally created this piece to depict the nature of awakening to a deeper consciousness behind the ego or “thinking mind”. So in essence this piece is about choosing love over fear, and in doing so, embracing all things, as we are all connected by our shared consciousness. I am an advocate for generational trauma/trauma healing and mental health-related issues. My artwork is my platform for speaking on these subjects and expanding their reach. I am committed to expanding the reach of these topics, especially in my local community of Ypsilanti and the surrounding areas so I thank you for your consideration and time!

Princess

By: Zakiya Newell

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Artist Statement

I draw what I see and then add my own style to it. It’s me I am a little different from everyone else. The world looks a little different to me with autism I usually always add flowers or shape patterns with shading.

We Rise

By: Amanda May Moore

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Artist Statement

This piece of art was created at a time that I was processing many emotions related to the state of our country. A country that is so highly regarded around the world but also still suffers from the systems that uphold white supremacy. I completed the piece with the words “We Rise” to pay homage to Maya Angelou and shared it publicly on my IG after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. It was a tough year, 2020. Not only a pandemic that really illustrated the inequalities/ disparities that we need to work on repairing but–the thing that stood out to me the most that year was May. That is often my favorite month, with my birthday.. but a few days after my birthday that year was the awful murder of George Floyd. There have been and are so many things that need to be done to make our country a more inclusive place for all. The fight is a daily fight. It takes place everywhere. I am fortunate to be a teacher and be able to feel like I am making an impact and help to share the importance of anti-racism but even in times like these teachers can be reported for teaching anything that may be considered “critical race theory.” So, I have many emotions behind this piece and I hope that it inspires people to rise up.

Will Survive

By: Anne Poorman

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Artist Statement

This illustration is a celebration of singers I grew up listening to. Seeing women of color represented as fabulous and talented singers helped me to believe that I could grow up to be as fabulous and successful even if my skin wasn’t white myself. A homage to that Marian Wright Edelman quote: “You can’t be what you can’t see.”

The World of Difference

By: Tessneem Saleh

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Artist Statement

Whether or not you admit it, destiny is shaping our lives. With a future of a multi-color world and the future that looks bright. I created a drawing with a computer-generated background of flags of the world.