Friday, September 2, 2016

Aspire and Achieve Tour of Museum of African Diaspora

May 5, 2016

Aspire and Achieve partnered with African American Male Achievement teacher and leader, Lamar Hancock, in leading 18 of our students on a fun day that included a guided tour of the Museum of African Diaspora and lunch at the Metreon.  Aspire and Achieve made arrangements for the tour and secured a docent to guide us on a tour. We paid for admission and also bought the lunches while AAMA got the BART Tickets and Lamar did a great job of leading the students. 

Lamar walked the students from Oakland Tech to the MacArthur BART station. He also arranged for the BART tickets. We got off at Montgomery Street and walked to the Museum. The museum currently featured 2 exhibitions: 

 Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity is a traveling photography- and film- based curatorial project that features the images of photographers and filmmakers from throughout the African Diaspora. Their subject matter is cis-gender Black men in urban, rural, literal and abstract landscapes across the globe, who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of masculinity within the Black community. Its discourse intersects class, gender formations, ethnicity, ideology and style. Dandy Lion confronts the hyper “thug” narrative and is a portrait of the multi-varied alternative identities that have always existed in Diasporic communities.

The Grace Jones Project explores the influence of model, actress, and singer Grace Jones. The exhibition brings together more than twenty works by an intergenerational group of artists working primarily in photography, video, and performance. Some artists pay direct tribute to Jones while others demonstrate a Jones-like sensibility in their engagement with the black body and queer identity.

The tour guide asked good questions and the students gave thoughtful and perceptive answers. 
Everyone seemed to enjoy the tour and all we spoke to said they got a lot out of it. 

We went to the Metreon for lunch and gave students free time to explore. They all came back to the designated meeting place on time and the trip back was fun.


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