Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama launches Africatown Shop to fund camp and educational experiences for youth
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama announces the launch of its Africatown
Shop, an online store featuring merchandise from a youth-led art project, under the direction of Soynika Edwards-Bush, a local artist and art teacher with BGCSA. ALL proceeds from merchandise sales fund educational experiences for youth living in the Africatown area.
Their assignment, according to Edwards-Bush, was to paint and use self-expression in their art. "I want kids to use their imagination and simply paint," Edwards-Bush says. "Their imagination and paintbrushes led them to share their community's history through their artwork." The culmination of the youth’s project was a collaborative piece of art that will be a beacon to the Africatown community. Bush explains the large-scale art piece spells the word
"AFRICATOWN" with letters showcasing Africatown's unique culture, historical facts, and landscape.
Bush couldn't be prouder of their work. What started as an art project blossomed into something much more-a history lesson and a renewed sense of pride in the community.
"Youth are facing several challenges and distractions," Bush mentions. We need to rally behind them and support those trying to make a difference." "Painting is an opportunity to get their hands dirty, nix the technology, relax, use theirimagination, and create. Give them paint, brushes and the freedom to CREATE."
The painting has been photographed and applied to various items available through the Africatown Shop. 100% of profits from merchandise sales fund educational experiences for youth. To purchase products or learn more, visit https://www.bgcsouthal.org/africatownshop/.