Archive | July, 2010

The Young Womens Leadership School Workshop

20 Jul

"THE SECRET GARDEN"- this place is AMAZING. Thanks Joseph for taking care of us!

This was our second year teaming up with BIG CITY WALLS, THE YOUNG WOMENS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL and THE SECRET GARDEN to do a workshop with the youth. Last year YOUNITY painted a mural at THE SECRET GARDEN and has since used the mural as a way to educate youth, promote the garden and the community. I introduced the girls to the mural and our theme”FRESHER”. They were asked to create their own sketch related to the same environmentally conscious theme. Each table then reviewed the sketches and melded the ideas into one final sketch that they transferred onto a large canvas. The canvases will be hung in the school’s cafeteria. We had a tour of the garden when they arrived by Kendall who spoke to the girls about sustainable living. This year the garden also implemented a composting station that is AMAZING. They have grown so much in resources since last year! It’s great to see these community gardens really making a difference in todays world and also willing to reach out and educate the youth.WE NEED MORE SPACES LIKE THIS!

THANKS to Tara, Caitlyn and all the staff counselors who make this workshop such a success. THANKS to Ms. Hansley who owns the garden,  Joseph and Kendall from The Secret Garden- your work is cherished! AND last but not least THANKS to Emilia Wiles from Big City Walls who organizes these workshops with the great intention of consciously educating our youth! Without these workshops these kids would not be exposed to our arts culture and green spaces in NYC.

HAD A BLAST- looking forward to it next year!!!!

Kendall talks to the girls about the composting station.

YOUNITY FRESHER worksheet describing the project.

Planning their skethces and ideas.


sketches were amazing!

GREEN THEME- in progess

Tara and Emilia taking a break from the heat...

finishing up sketches- DAY 1

final sketches complete- looking good:)

love this sketch!

DAY 1 of workshop complete.

DAY 2- tranfer sketch to canvas

TABLE 1- Michelle, Brooke, Samantha, Nicolle

TABLE 2- Alaina, Jamie, Ariella, Noran

TABLE 3- Margot, Geraldine, Manisha, Isra, Anabel, Jenny

TABLE 4- Perl, Michelle, Imani, Jocelin

TABLE 5- Melissa, Sthefany, Alina, Anel, Sonia

TABLE 6- Rita, Nancy, Tamara, Amira, Arwa, Charlotte

TABLE 7- Nora, Ariann, Ashely, Xatziri

Had a great time with the girls from THE YOUNG WOMENS LEADERSHIP SCHOOL- they were AWESOME!!!


11 Jul

Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest was super fun yesterday. YOUNITY repped at the Family Day part of the event. Me n Lichiban both rocked out our pieces and enjoyed the days activities and shows:)

Thanks to Alison from F.O.K.U.S who hooked this opportunity up. This is YOUNITY’s second year working with F.O.K.U.S on the BHHF. We appreciate all your hard work girl- thanks for inviting us! Oh and of course it was a great pleasure finally meeting Atiba from F.O.K.U.S and having him provide us with smiles and materials we needed. I love the color paint you gave me. Thanks guys!!!


Starting to develop my drippy pink/ purple background

Lichiban sketching her piece in…

Rephstar & PattyDukes from Circa95 hosted Family Day yesterday- theres Rephstar on stage dancing away with the kiddies:) so super cute!

Free 5 was asked to paint repping Brooklyn Bodega- Free5 Freddie is ALWAYS prepared… Thanks Freddie for hooking us up with paint trays n rollers, also for helping Alison with the pieces.

Kids inspired to draw… always giving love to our future!

Reina came through and did a drawing with Aaron Spaze Crafte🙂 Always love seeing sweet Reina!

More kids:) They really love the art we do and have tons of questions. Its important we provide meaningful answers to shape their understanding of the arts. peeps came thru to show support- great meeting you guys. Thanks for the inspirational talk! Lets build!

me n Lichiban almost done.

It rained briefly during the event and after it stopped the pink latex paint we had in the tray had white dots from the rain. I though it was a dope pattern and quite beautiful. Went along with all the many patterns and stencils I use in my work.

Aaron Spaze Crafte repping a Sohnup table- always working with the kids and giving back. I love that!

DJ Tahleim came thru to show support and hang for a bit.

FREE5 piece finished- DOPE

Tamir from Lyrics To Go also came by to show LOVE:)

Me n Patty bringing girl LOVE to the “all boys club” in the VIP area of the performance. LOL

Mikey1Soul and Aaron enjoying the show.

Me n Lichiban taking a picture break.

Finished piece:)- Had a lot of fun painting this.

AHHHHH the Brooklyn Bridge view all day while painting.


9 Jul

Hey all,

Join us tomorrow! Me n Lichiban will be painting tomorrow at BK Hip Hop Fest- would love to see you there:)

The Tobacco Warehouse is located on New Dock Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn – literally underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Attached is a map of this area.