On August 22, 2019 The Air for Airiel Foundation will host the Inaugural Air for Airiel Celebration of Life at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys and Girls Club located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our “Dive in Movie” event will connect, engage and serve youth with disabilities and from underserved areas in Northwest Arkansas. The “Dive in Movie” feature will be Disney’s The Little Mermaid. We will also provide free backpacks, school supplies, and food for the families attending. The Air for Airiel Foundation asks for your generous support to keep Airiel’s memory alive by helping those in need.
Throughout Black History Month, The Visionairi Foundation in conjunction with the Black Alumni Society will host incARceraTed: Art Transforming Lives. This series of events focused on the arts, criminal justice, and life transformation, will engage the Northwest Arkansas community on issues of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, capital punishment, entrepreneurship, and hope.
The first event will be held on February 4th at 6:30 pm in the Arkansas Student Union room 507-508. The University of Arkansas Black Students Association, Students of Retailing Excellence, and the National Association of Black Accountants will kick-off Black History Month with a panel discussion featuring special guest artist, Kenneth Reams, Arkansas Department of Corrections Death Row Inmate. In 1993, at the age of 18, Reams, a native of Pine Bluff, became one of the youngest people to be sentenced to execution in Arkansas history. Using art, Kenneth has literally fought to save his life while creating a new future, receiving accolades and conducting speaking engagements at institutions, and exhibits around the world.
The second event will be a screening of the film, Free Men, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on February 15th. Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience. In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. This event is free and open to the public.
The third event of the series will be held on February 26th at 7:00 pm in the Donald W. Reynolds Conference Center at the University of Arkansas. Join us for a conversation on Art, Activism, and Systemic Injustice with Dr. Brian Gallini, Lawrence Bartley, Dr. Valandra, and special guest Kenneth Reams. We will showcase art from Reams and a variety of other artists. Doors open for the art showcase and silent auction at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.
To view the silent auction gallery click here.
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