FOKUS FOKUS uses the arts to connect diverse communities and cultures. We help people realize that art is around us and part of our daily lives.
FOKUS uses the arts to educate, empower and unite communities. We believe the arts enable people to rise above barriers in society by creating new ways of thinking, communicating and interacting. What would your life be like without art? http://www.fokus.org/support

The primary program areas of FOKUS are: arts education: teaching experiences using arts and artists in schools, community centers and other spaces. These programs allow students to develop discipline, leadership and responsibility through the exposure and practice of the arts. arts in the community: short-run experiences that bring art into communities. These include art shows, film screenings, panel discussion and curation of spaces. arts awareness: quarterly publication of INSIGHT magazine which provides access into the minds of artists and expands on what is considered art. INSIGHT is a story board gallery of artists from diverse background and disciplines.

Mission: To educate, empower and unite communities using the arts. We believe the arts enable people to rise above barriers in society by creating new ways of thinking, communicating and interacting.

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Remembrance. Beautiful outdoor art by @toofly_nyc in Astoria Queens.
09/13/2020

Remembrance. Beautiful outdoor art by @toofly_nyc in Astoria Queens.

@bisabutler has a dope exhibit on display at @katonahmuseum that’s well worth the trip. This is “The Equestrian”.” No ph...
09/12/2020

@bisabutler has a dope exhibit on display at @katonahmuseum that’s well worth the trip. This is “The Equestrian”.” No photo can capture the details and textures from the quilted artwork.
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#art #artinside #artwork #artist #artistsoninstagram #quilting #quiltsofinstagram #quiltart #blackart #blackartists #blackartist

09/04/2020
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Check out Atiba's Master Class with the UMICH Alumni Association - NYC.

"Family Portrait" by Kudzanai-Violet HwamiThis painting expresses the imperfect and beautiful composition of the Black f...
08/31/2020

"Family Portrait" by Kudzanai-Violet Hwami

This painting expresses the imperfect and beautiful composition of the Black family. It contrasts the white european family portrait paintings that in various art spaces, which I do not connect to. To be seen as art, do we need images of Black families drench in gold from blood? The austere composition of those "perfect" figures with lavish settings in "high art" paintings is not reality to me.This painting feels real to me. Black families are art and deserve to be seen as such. No perfect setting or blood diamonds needed.~ Nikiesha

Art Evokes is a series celebrating art. Each image will be accompanied by what it meant to the FOKUS who selected the image. The goal wa to encourage a deeper and longer look at art beyond the quick 10 seconds or enough time to snap a photo that tends to be alloted to engaging with the work. Each piece has two stories - the one intended by the artist and the one created by the viewer. Dig deeper.

and with that Art Evokes is wrapped. Thank you for engaging, supporting, sharing and creating!

#artevokes

INSIGHT magazine: Nostalgia Longing for yesterday. Longing for a better tomorrow👀Artists are at the forefront of change ...
08/29/2020

INSIGHT magazine: Nostalgia Longing for yesterday. Longing for a better tomorrow👀

Artists are at the forefront of change as we are the seers, the dreamers who give birth to new ideas each time we photograph, write, paint, draw and send our creations out into the world. We have an opportunity to envision a new path and light the way for our communities. https://mailchi.mp/083d5ebd3ebc/insightsymbols-3936573

"summer somewhere(for Danez)" by Diedrick BrackensThey tried to bury us, They didn't know we were seeds.#artevokes #bury...
08/27/2020

"summer somewhere(for Danez)" by Diedrick Brackens

They tried to bury us, They didn't know we were seeds.

#artevokes #buryus #rise #growth #weave

"Water baby/Ghetto boy trying to fly" by Ricardo Edwards"Because this water drown my familyThis water mixed my bloodThis...
08/24/2020

"Water baby/Ghetto boy trying to fly" by Ricardo Edwards

"Because this water drown my family
This water mixed my blood
This water tells my story
This water knows it all"
- Oceans by Jay Z ft. Frank Ocean

#art #artevokes #artwork #blackart #piratebwoy #artwork #art #oceans #water #rise #survive #blackartist

"Bury with my ancestors" by Khari RahimI remember seeing this work in person and staring at it for a couple of minutes d...
08/20/2020

"Bury with my ancestors" by Khari Rahim

I remember seeing this work in person and staring at it for a couple of minutes due to all the layers and images it evoked. The blue water colored background embodies the water graveyard that many ancestors call home while we also use those same pathways to travel. The top most image has an angelic white suit that is now covered in blue while his shadow is gilded over while maintaining the same pose and hand gestures - one hand open one fist clenched. You have two lower figures contemplating the future that they share space in with different ideas and outlooks. ~ Atiba (Atiba)

#artevokes #art #artist #artwork #black #blackart #blackartists #artoftheday #artoninstagram #kharirahim #kharituren #figure #paint #paining #illustration #ourhistory #ourfuture

"Dead Tree in the Forest" by Ebony G. PattersonLife is a grotesque and beautiful cycle. With death comes birth, which is...
08/17/2020

"Dead Tree in the Forest" by Ebony G. Patterson

Life is a grotesque and beautiful cycle. With death comes birth, which is a cycle that matches the Earth's own. How beautiful is that our existence reflect that of the Earth? - Nikiesha

#artevokes #life #art #celebrateart #artwork

"Hoop Dreams" by Malik RobertsThis visual collage is one page of the plight and plague the Black society faces. A tome o...
08/13/2020

"Hoop Dreams" by Malik Roberts

This visual collage is one page of the plight and plague the Black society faces. A tome of stories, tales and unresolved issues that seems to be the same story on each page. Malik did a great job of capturing an array of aspirational hopes of elevating in ways that defy projected understandings via the Jordan figure dunking from the free throw line while part of the image is a man in blue everyday jeans and the crowd also has images of people of color. While an albatross holds us back in the same image via the cuffs and chains. All amidst an assortment of terrains and weather. The journey is complex. ~ Atiba (Atiba T. Edwards)

#artevokes will conclude this month. our goals were to highligh how art can and should evoke a reacton in the viewer once we just give pause.

#art #artevokes #fokus #artwork #artist #artistsupport #artistsoninstagram #hoopdreams #malikroberts #malikrobertsart #plight #black #blackart #blackartist

"Yet Another Fight for Remembrance" by Titus KapharThis art was created 6 years ago after Michael Brown was killed by Da...
08/10/2020

"Yet Another Fight for Remembrance" by Titus Kaphar

This art was created 6 years ago after Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson in Ferguson. Yet seems like it could have been made last week, last year, or yesterday. Even the title evokes a sense of frustration as yet again we are put through this cycle of violence, trauma, protest and remembrance as it if was a new notion. The whitewashing of the images of the protesters helps evoke the erasure often seen and done by the media. At some point they feel it is time to move on but the fight has been going on for decades and centuries. ~ Atiba (Atiba T. Edwards)

#artevokes is in the final weeks as this installment will conclude at the end of August.

#artevokes #tituskaphar #tituskapharart #erasure #black #blacklivesmatter #art #artistsoninstagram #artist #blackart #blackartists #protestart #artivism #media

Untitled by Jazzmine (@thejazzismine )The Black community is a gorgeous collage, with all of us adding our own beauty to...
08/06/2020

Untitled by Jazzmine (@thejazzismine )

The Black community is a gorgeous collage, with all of us adding our own beauty to it. How we maintain our art of being Black is to embrace each other's vulnerability with love and respect. ~ Nikiesha (@chief_kiesh )

Final weeks of #arteovkes.

#artevokes #fokus #love #Black #community #vulnerability #loveislove #loveis #art #artistsoninstagram #artwork #image #embracethejourney

"Portraits in the Age of Quarantine" by Sydney Claire (@___sydneyclaire )How do you change your isolation into solitude?...
08/04/2020

"Portraits in the Age of Quarantine" by Sydney Claire (@___sydneyclaire )

How do you change your isolation into solitude? Educate, meditate, and feel alive in your bare skin. ~ Nikiesha (@chief_kiesh )

We are in the final month of our #ArtEvokes series and hoped that it helped evoke a reaction within you and you discovered new art and artists.

#artevokes #fokus #shotoniphone #portrait #quarantinelife #quarantine #beauty #black #bare #photography #photooftheday #photo #enjoylife

FOKUS Flow - August 2020. Link in bio. We added Apple Music by popular demand. Enjoy the tunes. 🎶 Your resident spinners...
08/02/2020

FOKUS Flow - August 2020. Link in bio. We added Apple Music by popular demand.
Enjoy the tunes.
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Your resident spinners - @at1ba & @senblake
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#music #spotifyplaylist @spotify #applemusic @applemusic #playlist #fokusflow #japanesebreakfast #xavieromar #kelechi #future #stewandthenegroproblem #rickross #beenieman #jaden #tishhyman #joji #griz #damedolla @damianlillard #raphaelsaadiq #selahsue #kidcudi #andre3000 #jcole #kaytranada #shaylia #leonbridges #terracemartin #majestique #kilokish @ New York, New York

Another oldie from the “Art is...” photo series. @at1ba took this photo of @koolboblove while they were awaiting next at...
07/31/2020

Another oldie from the “Art is...” photo series. @at1ba took this photo of @koolboblove while they were awaiting next at Horatio Park.
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#art #artis #nycbasketball #bball #hoops #horatiopark #nyc #photo #photography #bobbitogarcia #nyc #basketball #doinitinthepark

"Mastery Minus Middle Management" by Ryan Spence (@planetlucid)This piece means we should always be in search of our inn...
07/30/2020

"Mastery Minus Middle Management" by Ryan Spence (@planetlucid)

This piece means we should always be in search of our inner greatness. ~ Ron (@ronjohnjunior)

#artevokes #fokus #mastery #selfcare #focus #dothework #silence #innerpeace #searchwithin #art #artist #blackart #blackartist #artwork #illustration

Descent from Bed-Stuy by Cal The Artist and Manny Valerio"Only Radio Raheem's LOVE ring is visible in this delicate comp...
07/27/2020

Descent from Bed-Stuy by Cal The Artist and Manny Valerio

"Only Radio Raheem's LOVE ring is visible in this delicate composition as he is being carried, pulled and grabbed at by predominantly White hands. Off-canvas, you can envision his HATE ring." ~ Atiba

#artevokes #art #pause #power #dotherightthing #radioraheem #love #carryus

Thank you for everyone who stopped by today’s art activation. Continue to speak your actions into existence and talk wit...
07/25/2020

Thank you for everyone who stopped by today’s art activation. Continue to speak your actions into existence and talk with each other - those close and far.
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Thank you Claudia, Chad and the entire @myrtleavebklyn team for inviting us out to produce this event
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#art #artivism #blm #blacklivesmatter #artoutside #publicart #maketheworldabetterplace @ Blick Art Materials

Join us for a community street mural and art activation on Saturday, July 25th from 9am to 2pm at The Myrtle Ave Plaza (...
07/24/2020

Join us for a community street mural and art activation on Saturday, July 25th from 9am to 2pm at The Myrtle Ave Plaza (Myrtle Ave and Steuben St). FOKUS is teaming up with @myrtleavebklyn to celebrate and support the diversity of Brooklyn! We will have these stickers for you to complete and also doing chalking.

The Myrtle Avenue Plaza has served over the past years as the stage for community events. We are a neighborhood that welcomes all to express themselves. We would like to invite people to come to fill the BLM street mural with sidewalk chalk while supporting the BLM movement. ⁣

MASK ON because none of us are Future! ⁣

#art #blacklivesmatter #marp #fokus #brooklyn #isupportblacklivesby #blm #outdoorart

Whirlwind Dancer by Shinique Smith"If I keep my eyes trained at the center, I will find stillness. Once I pull back and ...
07/23/2020

Whirlwind Dancer by Shinique Smith

"If I keep my eyes trained at the center, I will find stillness. Once I pull back and see all the swirls of colors dancing, it makes me think that chaos dances within me, and I should find beauty in that."- Nikiesha

#artevokes

The End by Sara Erenthal (@saraerenthalart)The end is always in sight...if you choose to see it. ~ Nakima (@callmekeezus...
07/20/2020

The End by Sara Erenthal (@saraerenthalart)

The end is always in sight...if you choose to see it. ~ Nakima (@callmekeezus)

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you.

#artevokes #fokus #theend #thehype

Zoi Polley-Flowers by Manzi Jackson (@manzijackson)Aspiration and inspiration personified! Her hair equates to the roots...
07/16/2020

Zoi Polley-Flowers by Manzi Jackson (@manzijackson)

Aspiration and inspiration personified! Her hair equates to the roots and gnerational lineage while she is rocking a space suit with an ornate shoulder pad. Space, the next frontier. ~ Atiba (@at1ba)

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you.

#artevokes #fokus #art #artist #drawing #illustration #thespark #youth #blackart
#blackartists #blackartist #shareblackstores #shareblackart #space #blackyouth

Sons of Atlanta by Chuck Styles (@chuckstyless)The layers and color palette help create an inviting yet somewhat hauntin...
07/13/2020

Sons of Atlanta by Chuck Styles (@chuckstyless)

The layers and color palette help create an inviting yet somewhat haunting imagery. The young boy holding the a peach (peach state) while wearing Colin Kaepernick number. There is a sense of care and hope with a sense of fragility and awareness of that fragility of his own life and the lives of many young Black children. ~ Atiba (@at1ba)

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you.

#artevokes #fokus #art #artist #drawing #illustration #thespark #blacklivesmatter #shareblackstories #blackyouth #blackart #blackartists

Melancholia by Miles Johnston (@miles_art)Melancholy is not just something that happens to you, it's something that cons...
07/09/2020

Melancholia by Miles Johnston (@miles_art)

Melancholy is not just something that happens to you, it's something that consumes. You. And this is a perfect depiction.~ Senesi (@senblake )

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you.

#artevokes #fokus #mentalhealth #melancholia #art #artist #drawing #illustration #thespark

Pleated Wedding Gown by Pyer Moss (@pyermoss ) with jewelry by Johnny Nelson (@johnnynelsonjewelry )The coupling of this...
07/06/2020

Pleated Wedding Gown by Pyer Moss (@pyermoss ) with jewelry by Johnny Nelson (@johnnynelsonjewelry )

The coupling of this elegant gown by Pyer Moss (@pyermoss ) that Kerby (@kerbity ) paired with a stunning necklace from Johnny Nelson is a great sense of art. Regality personified. ~Atiba (@at1ba)

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you.

#artevokes #fokus #pyermoss #shareblackart #shareblackartists #blackartists #design #regality #beauty ##weddingdress

https://bit.ly/fokusflowjuly2020Let us celebrate joy and love in the second installment of Soundtrack to The Revolution ...
07/05/2020

https://bit.ly/fokusflowjuly2020

Let us celebrate joy and love in the second installment of Soundtrack to The Revolution that works in tandem with our June 2020 FOKUS Flow.

Cover image: Untitled, San Francisco (Black Child On Porch Steps) by William La.

Fingerwave Saint by Max SansingWe are glorious forms of beings from the crown of our heads. Black hair defies gravity, t...
07/02/2020

Fingerwave Saint by Max Sansing

We are glorious forms of beings from the crown of our heads. Black hair defies gravity, takes many shapes and form, and is art... you cannot tell me our hair ain't holy! ~ Nikiehsa

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you. The goal is to encourage you to take a deeper look at art beyond the often brief and casual engagement.

#artevokes #thespark #fokus #shareblackstories #shareblackart #art #artist #blackart #blackartists #maxsansing #holy #hairart

Viari by Melissa SKThis hand cut collage represents Hip Hop and independence. Melissa took pieces of from other mediums ...
06/29/2020

Viari by Melissa SK

This hand cut collage represents Hip Hop and independence. Melissa took pieces of from other mediums to create her own work of art. The collage shows flamboyance and being unapologetically authentic.

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you. The goal is to encourage you to take a deeper look at art beyond the often brief and casual engagement.

#artevokes #thespark #fokus #shareblackstories #shareblackart #art #artist #blackart #blackartists#authentic

The Creation of God by Harmonia Rosales""This what God feel like..." ~ NikieshaArt Evokes series#artevokes #art #sharear...
06/25/2020

The Creation of God by Harmonia Rosales

""This what God feel like..." ~ Nikiesha

Art Evokes series

#artevokes #art #shareare #shareblackart #freedom #blacklives #artists #imetgod #shesblack #theelders

"Freedom From Within" by Shaylin WallaceOnly you can set yourself free, by changing thoughts actions and habits. ~ Nakim...
06/22/2020

"Freedom From Within" by Shaylin Wallace

Only you can set yourself free, by changing thoughts actions and habits. ~ Nakima

#artevokes #art #shareare #shareblackart #freedom

Light of the Lit Wick by Lynette Yiadom-BoakyeDance is an art that teaches us that our bodies are revolutionary. Movemen...
06/18/2020

Light of the Lit Wick by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Dance is an art that teaches us that our bodies are revolutionary. Movement is important. Our ancestors' spirits move within us, and we have to move with them, which is towards liberation. ~ Nikiesha

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you. The goal is to encourage you to take a deeper look at art beyond the often brief and casual engagement.

#artevokes #thespark #liberation #movement #dance #art #artist #blackart #blackartists

Nostalgia highlights what we cherish and sometimes the things that haunt us. We have an opportunity to envision a new pa...
06/17/2020

Nostalgia highlights what we cherish and sometimes the things that haunt us. We have an opportunity to envision a new path and light the way for our communities. Whilst addressing the past with an eye towards the future while living in the present.

With that in mind, we invite you to share your work with us by submitting it to the Nostalgia Issue of INSIGHT Magazine. Link in our bio for more information or our website – www.fokus.org

#callout #art #callforart #callforartists #callforsubmissions #artists #nostalgia #zine #digitalmagazine #fokus #insightmagazine #gotart #shareit

Untitled by Azael Langa (www.facebook.com/azaelartworld.langa)Is he looking back because he forgot something or is he sa...
06/14/2020

Untitled by Azael Langa (www.facebook.com/azaelartworld.langa)

Is he looking back because he forgot something or is he saying goodbye to it? While the adult is carrying everything he thinks they need including moving his home which may appear to small. But nonetheless it is their home. ~ Atiba

"Art Evokes" is our new series that speaks to the importance of art’s ability to evoke emotions. We present images paired with our thoughts to allow for reflection and discourse between the work and you. The goal is to encourage you to take a deeper look at art beyond the often brief and casual engagement.

#artevokes #legacy #home #forward #sankofa #art #artist #smokeart

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