​"Ignorance, allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have"

James Baldwin  playwright, essayist, novelist

                   D E T A I L S

"I AM ..."
ASU West - Sands KIVA
4701 W Thunderbird Rd

Phoenix, AZ  85036

Live Painting Dates
Mon. January 30th

Wed. February 1st

Fri. February 3rd

Live Painting Time
12PM - 4PM (M, W, F)

Unveiling/Spoken Word Event

"The Collections" Closing Reception

Artspace West Patio

4701 W Thunderbird Rd

Wed. February 22, 2017

6PM - 9PM

Volunteer Opportunities

kyra.trent@asu.edu or 


​​The "I AM ..." concept is inspired by the literary works of James Baldwin and the upcoming film, “I Am Not Your Negro.” Neither "ARTBYKYRA" nor "BSU" own the rights to any James Baldwin imagery or literature. 


​The ASU Black Student Union presents,

"I AM..." - a Black History Month themed Community Mural led by Kyra Trent.


During this project, students, staff and faculty will be asked to participate by filling in portions of the mural with words or language that disrupts discriminatory stereotypes (ex: “I am not lazy, uneducated, poor,” or "I am not your 'black' best friend"). Participants will also be encouraged to write personal narratives to reclaim their individual and intersecting identities (ex: "I am the dream of my parents", "I do belong," "I am free"). Finally, following the mural completion, students will be invited to an intimate Spoken Word event, where they can share their reclaimed identities with students, community members, and other creatives, should they choose to. The intent of this project is to encourage the community to more deeply consider the labels and stereotypes that are consciously or unconsciously associated with themselves and others.