“Our goal is to prepare teens to work in design fields so hopefully we can start to diversify the design world. We want to develop and retain the talent that Birmingham has to offer.”
Last Saturday evening, following a unique combination of food and community crowdfunding, participants at Design Week Birmingham’s 2nd annual BhamFEAST awarded Kuumba Community Arts a grant supporting its Teen Design Academy initiative.
“When I was first starting to teach last year I had kids tell me that they couldn’t draw a circle. The letter O is a circle, but they had never thought of it that way. Even if my kids don’t become artists, I’m still helping them to think differently and to solve problems differently.”
“The idea behind Birmingham’s Design Week is to be as multi-disciplinary as possible, to inspire those who do creative work, and to educate those who appreciate it. That ends up creating a wide spectrum of subject matter between thoughtful academic lectures and quirky screen printed goods. But I think creative people like to be exposed to a variety of events and are often inspired by professions different from their own.”
“This is an opportunity for us to break down the barriers of opera. There’s the misconception that “the fat lady sings” and people may not understand the foreign language. Opera singers today have to be just as good an actor as any theatre performer. Even though most operas are in a foreign language, if you’re watching and following along you’ll get the story.”