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Recap: Black Art Matters 3

Recap: Black Art Matters 3

Dejonna Mayo | Contributing Writer

“I think it’s very supportive. I love that everyone gets to come out together and be inspired. I’m a freshman and haven’t seen this that often, everyone enjoying art and having a good time,” Fatiyah Neville said.

Black Art Matters 3 was yet again a raving success. This is becoming an annual event put on by Old Dominion University’s organization Students Without Limitations (SWL). SWL’s vice president, Anika Williams, was the brains behind this masterpiece. She also had her own table featuring hats, body scrubs, etc from her brand NOISIA.

Not only was there art stacked high on tables for the public to view and critique, but also live performances from various ODU students.

The event started at 7 p.m. and didn’t end until past 10 p.m. and no one seemed to mind. The audience jammed along with the artists until the very end.

R&B music serenaded the audience while they perused around the North Cafe complimenting, ogling and purchasing artwork, t-shirts and any other creative pieces that they had on display. For instance, there were face and body scrubs, as well as decorative handbags, alongside photographs, hats and customized sneakers.

Photo by Dejonna Mayo

The crowd took a minute to warm up to the hosts Ahmad Davis and Taylor Simmons, but once they did the event came to life. The hosts were humorous and tried their best to keep the crowd engaged. Eventually, everyone was singing along to the popular music played by ODU’s very own DJ 2 Nasty.

“Black art to me are the pictures I draw. I draw the depictions of black females that have been in my life. I want to give other black girls a creative way to see themselves and their lives, how they grew up,” Neville said. 

When I spoke to alumni Matt the creator of  Black Art Matters, he was surprised the event had such a good turn out because participants had to purchase a $2 ticket. Despite the event no longer being free there was a great turnout and all tables were filled with artists.

Another new segment Williams added to the show was live painting. This is when an artists set up shop and begin working on a piece or starting a new one. This way the passersby can become engaged and feel as if they are apart of the process of art coming to life.

“We come together and support each other’s artwork and really see what one another has to offer. When we put ourselves out there we make sure we hold each other down,” Iamme Staton said.

Photo by Dejonna Mayo

There was also a raffle. The prizes consisted of pieces from an artist who volunteered to donate their work.

The crowd loved the performances and it showed. Screams and shouts of encouragement could be heard on Kauffman mall. Everyone was having a good time and really enjoying themselves.                     
“As one of the artist in the show, it is such a warm feeling when someone compliments your art. Not only was this a place to feel accepted by your own people, but praised for being who you are and doing what you love. Nothing can compare to the energy that was flowing through the room,” Brandon Baker said.