Using Art to Build Community
While this program might be new to many, the roots of
The Emory Douglas Youth & Family Arts Program have been growing for decades. Founded in the principles of community organizing and named after the former Black Panther Party Minister of Arts & Culture, the goal of the EDYAP is to use arts instruction to activate intentional community engagement.
We use art to inspire each and every participant to dream, work, and live for themselves by valuing the community as a whole and centering the rights of all. Each artist is, in their truest form, a storyteller. And, whether through visual art, music, or poetry, the EDYAP works to give the community a voice with which we can tell our own story.
Emory Douglas: our namesake
Emory Douglas worked as the Minister of Arts and Culture foir the Black Panther PArty from 1967 until the PArty disbanded in the 1980's. His graphic art has been featured worldwide, and become the iconic representations of Black American struggle during the Civil Rights Movement.
Wayne Curtis: our founder
Baba WAyne Keith Curtis is an artist of the people, his current collage medium work is rooted in the liberation of all oppressed people. Curtis' artistic expression began at a young age, with his first publications being featured in the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Curtis' art became politicized during his deployment in the Vietnam War. upon his return home Curtis found himself angry and in search of a way to amplify his new political voice. This search lead him to join the National Committee to Combat Fascism and later, the Black Panther Party. During his time in the party, Curtis' artwork was influenced both by Emory Douglas and political education, and as an activist and organizer, her learned the importance of using his talents as tools of mobilization.
With over 50 years of experience as an artist, his layerd collage work pushes our thoughts and challenges us to reconsider what we know as white supremacy, corporatism, misogyny, blobalization, revolutionary intercommunalism, anti-anthropocentrism, and corporate democracy.