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The Third Installment of The Art of Storytelling Exhibit Series Is Almost Here!

Join us for an evening of art and conversation at the California Humanities office in Swan’s Market (Oakland).

“I create art for myself, my ancestors, my people, women of color, and people who are afraid to have a voice and express themselves.”
-Marisol Lara (RYSE artist)
On Thursday, May 18th California Humanities will celebrate the voices of the youth artists who make up the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, CA. The underlying theme of this exhibit is “Richmond Renaissance”, which counters the traditional Richmond narrative of poverty and violence by highlighting the community’s wealthy and vibrant cultural history, as well as a youth-driven vision for what the community could be in the future.

We have the rare opportunity to explore the history of the city of Richmond and what it has become through a unique lens. A lens belonging to a younger generation who has taken ownership of their own lived experiences and asserted a bold vision for a community that recaptures the vibrant cultural heritage of the past in order to shape a rebirth in the future.


Opening Reception
Thursday, May 18, 2017

5:30 -7:30 PM
California Humanities office in Swan’s Market
538 9th Street, Second Floor, Oakland, CA
FREE and open to the public

RSVP: nbalram@calhum.org 

About RYSE:
RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice that build youth power for young people to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities. Their integrative program model works to improve the social and material conditions for young people in Richmond and West Contra Costa County. The model employs a core set of strategies that are grounded in racial justice, trauma-informed care, healing, and harm reduction, which prioritizes people and relationships, elevates the lived expertise of young people, and utilizes tools and technology young people consume and create. Together, these strategies anchor and enliven a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment where youth are encouraged and supported to define, explore, and address their individual and collective priorities, needs, and interests.

RYSE’s Media, Arts, & Culture (MAC) Department promotes community healing and social justice by facilitating young people’s innovative creation of political, personal, and expressive media and art. Since opening in 2008, MAC has remained the Center’s most utilized department serving nearly 500 youth each year.

To learn more about RYSE, please visit http://rysecenter.org

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