CONGRATULATIONS IACA CYCLE #29
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, CLAUDIA AKYEAMPONG!
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The following are excerpts from Akyeampong's grant proposal:
I am a multi-disciplined artist in painting, sculpture and jewelry design. I have been painting since 1997. I have been sculpting and designing jewelry since 2006.
The foundation of my art is based on my culture. I am Ghanaian-American. Culture has always engrained into my art, my writing. It has been what kept me connected to Ghana. Part of what I want my art to do, is to build bridges between people in the diaspora. No matter where we are in this world, we are connected. We should be proud of our history, the good and the bad, because it brought us to where we are. The importance is to rewrite the negative narratives of our history that continue to be portrayed in the media and in society in general. My images celebrate the beauty of who we are and the history we come from.
I am working to build my inventory so that I can exhibit my work. The grant funds will go towards supplies to create more work.
I believe that my work is important in educating people in the diaspora about their history. We are a displaced people but we carry pieces of home in everything we do. In our music, our clothing, food. My goal is to represent how our cultures continue to collide and how we can build bridges to the past to propel us forward.