The Living Masters Project ®


To launch a national initiative through which the work of living fine artists would be exhibited throughout the United States within the school year, with a final combined exhibition of all of the work as a part of an arts event.  To regenerate economic empowerment through the arts using cultural tourism as the catalyst.  To pay homage to the founders of our cultural enlightenment by providing an environment that will showcase our continuing creative growth.  To use the arts as the common ground for dialogue that can change paradigms.  Currently seeking funding for this project.

Objective: A new place, a new space to bring your children where they will be entertained, educated, enlightened, and encouraged to experience the new, learn from the old, and participate in all that will arouse their creativity and stimulate their thinking in a completely safe and secure environment.

The I Like Brown Project

When my niece was four years old, she was the only child of color in the Pre-K class and through the first grade only two others joined the classroom.  She was always friendly yet often was told by whatever given little girl on the playground that they weren’t going to play with her because her hair was different or her skin was brown.  I decided, after yet one more incident that I would write a book for children about the color brown.   I Like Brown was born.  When I asked my friend, fine artist Charlotte Riley-Webb to give the book an objective read, she felt so strongly about it, she decided that she must do the illustration of the book.  Subsequently, I have shared the illustrated draft manuscript with teachers, preachers and parents alike.  All are enthusiastically in support of its message; one teacher said that as soon as it was published they would have use for it.
My vision for this book is huge.  I want the book in the hands of students,  nationally, grades K – 12.  I want it to be a part of the dialogue in every church, on every university campus, around the watercooler at the office.  I want to see the book integrated into every diversity training class a corporation may give. As a former corporate facilitator of diversity training, I believe that in order to affect change in the paradigm of racism, one must approach the subject boldly and on all age, gender and class levels.  We do believe that Attorney General Holder was on to something when he said that we have not been brave enough as a nation to directly approach the subject of race.
Prejudices are wired into us at an early age. Psychologists have no ready roadmap for undoing such overt and especially hidden stereotypes and prejudices. We must start with the youngest minds. As a part of our comprehensive strategy, our initial objective will be to incorporate the distribution of I Like Brown into the Living Masters Project, a series of fine art exhibitions, as a part of the program event. We will also include an animated DVD of the book in semi-animation with a surprise ending*. The DVD will be distributed to K-12 teachers as a part of the program. A discussion is currently underway to integrate this project into corporate coaching and consulting, as well as a part of diversity training programs. The project is a timeless yet provocative.
We have yet to uncover any statistics that define the effects of racism pre-k through 12. However, there is an assistant professor, Mica Pollock, at the Harvard Graduate School of education whose experiences as an English teacher in a school whose students were inexplicably behind in their results. She ultimately wrote a book, Colormute: Race Talk Dilemmas in an American School which clearly outlines the end effects of ignoring the matter of race in the educational system. While it is certainly ambitious to tackle this subject on a national level, we believe that in combination with other program events, conferences (i.e. NEA, NLA, etc.), and through a planned media strategy we will accomplish our goal. Note: Our objective is to print enough books to initiate the project. Our goal is to use corporations, such as yours, to sponsor the publishing and distribution of the books throughout the country.
I began facilitation of diversity training for AT&T management in 1986. I was very successful in providing an eye-opening experience to the participants, who expected the workshops to be a motionless exercise, and my co-facilitators who had no idea that systemic racism -- that was acted out in a manner against the code of conduct of the company -- existed. In the process of certifying as an instructor with a company specializing in diversity training, we co-facilitated a class, which seemed to have a propensity for sexist points of view. My co-facilitator, a psychologist, told me afterwards that he was going to take some of my talk points and techniques and incorporate them into future workshops.
I have a research article that has been on the internet for years, called The Reality of Our Mentality, which explains the connection between African America and the Stockholm Syndrome effect. Every year I'd receive e-mails from high school students and not a few college students of all races, wanting the complete version to use as a part of their term paper -- and one thesis dissertation. A shortened version of the essay is a part of the MoAD Stories Project, Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.
An honest dialogue on race needs to begin and soon.  Without a change in how we view our differences, be it color of skin, length of hair, how short or tall, large or small we are, it will be impossible to move on to the more important perspectives that come with living in this fast paced society.  You and I are responsible for being mature enough to have that dialogue, as well as teaching our children what acceptance is and how it benefits them to see past the physical.  Everyone wins.

We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship of this specific project.  If you have an interest in supporting it, please contact us.

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