Join Kay and 64 Million Artists on Zoom this Thursday at 4pm. Kay will be talking about the project and the methodology and answering your questions. You can share your challenge responses or simply listen along!
Kay Rufai @universoulbrands S.M.I.LE-ing Boys Project addresses mental health needs of black teenage boys that can go unseen & unmet. What makes you about these pics? Read full challenge here, we recommend you do ow.ly/dMaV50AhIBz#64MillionArtists#BlackBoyJoy
The Weekly Challenge, 29th June 2020 – S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys
We recommend reading the full challenge here! http://dothinkshare.com/the-weekly-challenge/the-weekly-challenge-29th-june-2020-s-m-i-le-ing-boys/
Kay Rufai is an artist who developed the Mayor of London supported S.M.I.LE-ing Boys Project. The project aims to address the mental health needs of black teenage boys that can go unacknowledged and unmet. It is a direct response to rising levels of knife crime and the media portrayal of black boys and men as perpetrators and victims. The initial stage of the project was held with 50 young, black boys in Year 9 at a school in Lambeth.
The photos show young, black boys smiling. These photos are the visual aspect of a much wider initiative – to provide tangible coping strategies to manage their mental health, and to increase agency over the factors that affect their well-being. Over an 8 month creative programme, exploring the 8 Pillars of Happiness, the boys’ sense of wellbeing and self-worth rose by 22%.
You can read more about the project, its context and its findings via the link above.
“In terms of challenging stereotypes and representations of black boys this was so powerful for me…because it’s not an image that you’re used to ever seeing, and you question why it has such an impact on you.”
This week’s challenge invites you to explore the context of this project, and reflect on its impact. Use these questions to help you. You can respond as creatively as you like, through drawing, poetry, photography or writing – all mediums that Kay used throughout the project.
What makes you smile about these images?
What could you do to make you smile more? What could you do this week to further engage with the context behind the project? How could you use this to educate yourself, someone else, celebrate black people, black artists and black joy?
The Weekly Challenge, 22nd June 2020 – Token of Love
The month of June is Pride month!
Pride is a global celebration of the LGBTQ+ community, and a chance to come together in love and friendship. As well as being a month long celebration, Pride month is also an opportunity to peacefully protest and raise political awareness of issues facing the community. It is an opportunity to challenge intolerance in the past and present and pave the way for the future. This week’s challenge comes from Adam Ali Gseebat, who is a British Libyan writer and actor.
Create your Token of Love. This week’s challenge is your chance to celebrate somebody in the LGBTQ+ community. They might be somebody that you know – somebody you go to school or work with, somebody in your family, or a friend. It might even be yourself! Or, they might be somebody you don’t know, but you admire. You could do some research to help you – they might be a historical figure, a politician, an activist or a celebrity.
Celebrate in your own way! You could write a poem about them, sketch them, learn about them, share their stories and look for more. The way you celebrate is up to you. What does it mean to support LGBTQ+ Pride?
Full challenge: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists.com/the-weekly-challenge-22nd-june-2020
Find this week’s full challenge here! https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists.com/the-weekly-challenge-15th-june-2020
Artist Anna Bruder and Poet Arji Manuelpillai run an interactive theatre and art company called A Line Art which specialises in immersive creative events for children, young people and their families. Their main aim is to inspire and encourage creative play – anywhere and everywhere! Thank you to their 7 year old friend Eeshan for suggesting this week’s activity.
Check out Anna and Arji’s Broom cupboard! There will be new BSL interpreted episodes coming each week, starting today! Here is this week’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzJjTAKPkKk&feature=youtu.be
Create your own mini golf course to play at home, in the park, or wherever you like…
To make your golf course, you can download and print the templates from A Line Art here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1al_bsNgTTPdHg-kQZcfplNlChoLuuCTL – or be inspired by the images below, or create your own version! Have some fun – bring mini golf to you! You will need some card (an old box or cereal box would work brilliantly), some scissors and something to decorate with like pens or crayons. Make your golf ball out of scrunched up scrap paper, and make your golf club stronger with sticks or a double layer of cardboard.
How else could you create mini golf at home? Could you use a chopstick and peas? Could you use an umbrella and an orange?!
@LIFEbeatUK (https://lifebeat.uk/) is a charity that provides training for teachers and youth workers as well as creative residential programmes for 14 to 18-year-olds. They believe that the voice of every young person counts and that a creative approach to wellbeing can transform a young person’s life, allowing them to find their unique talents and passion in the world. This week they’re inviting us to connect with nature, recognising its beauty and diversity whilst noticing its influence on our mood and wellbeing.
Create a mandala using natural objects such as flowers, stones and leaves to symbolise your connection with yourself and with the natural world. A mandala is usually a geometric design or circular pattern that is organised around a single, central point. In different spiritual traditions, they have been used to focus attention.
Think about the different colours, textures and designs of each element and how they interact with each other to create the bigger picture. What story can you create with your patterns? How can the process of building your mandala feel calming and reflective? How does the mandala you have created reflect something of you and who you are?
Full challenge: https://mailchi.mp/64millionartists.com/the-weekly-challenge-8th-june-2020