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 

hamoham2@asu.edu

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

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

James Baldwin  playwright, essayist, novelist

A B O U T


"I AM..." - a Black History Month themed Community Mural presented by the Black Student Union and led by Kyra Trent in February 2017


WHO ARE YOU?

During this project, students, staff and faculty were 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 were 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 were invited to an intimate Spoken Word event, where they shed their reclaimed identities with students, community members, and other creatives. The intent of this project was to encourage the ASU West community to more deeply consider the labels and stereotypes that are consciously or unconsciously associated with themselves and others.