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.

@joeconzo and @tatuxmen at our “Pillars of Hip Hop” series from a few years back. A favorite photo and memory captured b...
06/26/2019

@joeconzo and @tatuxmen at our “Pillars of Hip Hop” series from a few years back. A favorite photo and memory captured by @atiba_. @scratchdjacademy hosted us.

What brings you peace? @gritsandbiscuits  @ New York, New York
06/16/2019

What brings you peace? @gritsandbiscuits @ New York, New York

06/15/2019

@momsnmosas kicking us of @gritsandbiscuits #gritsandbiscuits

Lest we forget. ⁣⁣⁣Make Love. Not war. ⁣⁣⁣⁣#glowinthedark #glowinthedarkart #lovenotwar @columbusmuseum
06/15/2019

Lest we forget. ⁣⁣⁣
Make Love. Not war. ⁣⁣
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#glowinthedark #glowinthedarkart #lovenotwar @columbusmuseum

“The Land That Time Forgot” by Kerry James Marshall on display @columbusmuseum  @kerryjamesmarshs ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣This is a “compl...
06/13/2019

“The Land That Time Forgot” by Kerry James Marshall on display @columbusmuseum @kerryjamesmarshs ⁣⁣⁣
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This is a “complex allegory of South Africa’s colonial past.” Notice the many possible meanings of MINE⁣, the dying antelope and more imagery.
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#art #artist #painting #kerryjameamarshall #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #cmoa #contemporarypainting #museumart #artinside #midwestbest #blackart #blackartist #blackartists #colonial #southafrica #colonialism #racerelations

Excited to be returning to #gritsandbiscuits this weekend in NYC. We will be continuing our arts as an inspiration for w...
06/10/2019

Excited to be returning to #gritsandbiscuits this weekend in NYC. We will be continuing our arts as an inspiration for wellness work at Pier 17 fka South Street Seapoet. @gritsandbiscuits always brings great times and a great community of folks from all over.

Three/Fifths by Michael Coppage ⁣@freshairgallery @columbusmuseum ⁣⁣#michaelcoppage #art #artinside #canvasart #monkeys ...
06/10/2019

Three/Fifths by Michael Coppage ⁣
@freshairgallery @columbusmuseum ⁣

#michaelcoppage #art #artinside #canvasart #monkeys #coppage #arttherapy #artistinrecovery

Black Power by Zash MJB. Black light exhibit @columbusmuseum. A pretty solid survey of work from the 70s and 80s. ⁣⁣#art...
06/09/2019

Black Power by Zash MJB. Black light exhibit @columbusmuseum. A pretty solid survey of work from the 70s and 80s. ⁣

#art #70s #blacklightart #artinside #blackpower #printart #posterart #blacklight #museumart #galleryart #artist #zash #zashmjb #ohio

Portrait of Andries Stilte II by Kehinde Wiley ⁣⁣Portrait of Andries Stilte I by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck ⁣⁣⁣#art #...
06/08/2019

Portrait of Andries Stilte II by Kehinde Wiley ⁣

Portrait of Andries Stilte I by Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck ⁣


#art #artist #kehindewiley @kehindewiley #verspronck #newmasters #oldmasters #dutch #artinside #dallas #galleryart #inspiration @ Columbus Museum of Art

Midwest. @clarekolat ⁣⁣#art #artoutside #bigcat #streetart #artist #streetartist #illustration #illustrationartists
06/08/2019

Midwest. @clarekolat ⁣

#art #artoutside #bigcat #streetart #artist #streetartist #illustration #illustrationartists

FOKUS Flow - June 2019. More tunes to sing along with in the sun.Cover art - Jump On South 1st Street by Vincent Ciannih...
06/01/2019

FOKUS Flow - June 2019. More tunes to sing along with in the sun.
Cover art - Jump On South 1st Street by Vincent Cianni

http://bit.ly/fokusflowjune2019

𝗪𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐞, 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐮𝐠 by Nicholas Galanin. ⁣⁣@nicholasgalanin⁣⁣“A critical diagnosis of race and contemporary...
05/27/2019

𝗪𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐍𝐨𝐢𝐬𝐞, 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐮𝐠 by Nicholas Galanin. ⁣⁣@nicholasgalanin
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“A critical diagnosis of race and contemporary American life. “Whiteness as a construct has been used historically throughout the world to obliterate the voices and rights of generations of people and cultures regardless of their complexion. The other form of white noise, in recent years, has become a source of increasing intolerance and hate.”⁣⁣
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#art #rug #textile #textileart @whitneymuseum #whitney #whitneybiennial #artist #artinside #race #racial #socialcommentaryart #america #whiteness #textiles #prayerrug #contemporaryart

“𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭.” Lawrence Lemoana. Embroidery on Kanga. ⁣⁣⁣#art #artist #embroidery #embroider...
05/23/2019

“𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭.” Lawrence Lemoana. Embroidery on Kanga. ⁣


#art #artist #embroidery #embroideryart #africanart #southafrica #southafricanartists #johannesburg #johannesburgart @afronovagallery #blackart #blackartists #blackartist

An homage to all the goddesses who have guided us throughout life. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world, i...
05/12/2019

An homage to all the goddesses who have guided us throughout life. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world, including those who filled the role as a mother. ⁣

“Goddess of Beirut 1” by Halim Al Karim. On display at @denverartmuseum. “Halim beloved that goddesses actually exist in places we live.”⁣

#art #artinside #woman #denverartmuseum #women #photo #photography #photoart #artist #arts #artists #halimalkarim #DAM #happymothersday #goddess

...Black boys look blue. ⁣⁣“Miles and Jojo” by @jordanmcasteel . An amazing painting by Jordan. The colors, the gaze and...
05/12/2019

...Black boys look blue. ⁣

“Miles and Jojo” by @jordanmcasteel . An amazing painting by Jordan. The colors, the gaze and the details. There is a mirror reflecting a weight bench and fan. ⁣

@denverartmuseum #jordancasteel #returninggaze #jordancasteelatDAM #dam #painting #art #artist #blackart #blackartists #blckartist #arts #artists #blackboys #black

An amazing and captivating piece from @tommymitche11 ⁣⁣#art #artist #wcw #blackgirlmagic #blackartist #artists #theother...
05/08/2019

An amazing and captivating piece from @tommymitche11 ⁣

#art #artist #wcw #blackgirlmagic #blackartist #artists #theotherartfair

Enjoy the May FOKUS Flow. http://bit.ly/fokusflowmay19Music from Jessie Reyez, 6LACK, Smino, REASON, Leven Kali, Gang St...
05/02/2019

Enjoy the May FOKUS Flow. http://bit.ly/fokusflowmay19

Music from Jessie Reyez, 6LACK, Smino, REASON, Leven Kali, Gang Starr, Swet Shop Boys, Salaam Remi, Adeva, Angelica Vila, Eugene Wilde, Sylvester, Peggy Gou, Tevin Campbell and many more.

Look at this surprise. These two (@atiba_ and @ldysoul316 ) created FOKUS with the goal of providing different spaces th...
04/28/2019

Look at this surprise. These two (@atiba_ and @ldysoul316 ) created FOKUS with the goal of providing different spaces that were more inclusive, supportive and welcoming than a frat party, house party or bar while @uofmichigan . They met up in Spanish Harlem (NYC) and with the simple words “let’s do something better for campus” - FOKUS was born. FOKUS was created to use the arts to create and connect communities. We gave and give platforms for all artists and highlight that art is all around us. The unofficial line is that @atiba_ and @ldysoul316 created FOKUS to do dope things and build an amazing community. ⁣

We’ve done small and large scale things with @johnlegend @janellemonae @koolboblove @lesnubians and many many more. ⁣

#art @dailypaper #artist #creators #sitw @somethinginthewater #homiesforlife #a/a @fokusart #community #artcommunity

“Siting doesn’t make you smarter.” A dope collaboration between @hebrubrantley and @xqamerica at @somethinginthewater ⁣⁣...
04/28/2019

“Siting doesn’t make you smarter.” A dope collaboration between @hebrubrantley and @xqamerica at @somethinginthewater ⁣

#rethinked #dontworryaboutmyposture #education #art #artist @ Virginia Beach, Virginia

Companion awaits. @kaws #sitw #somethinginthewater #balloon #balloonart #kawscompanion
04/28/2019

Companion awaits. @kaws #sitw #somethinginthewater #balloon #balloonart #kawscompanion

“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝗪𝐚𝐲 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞” by @osgemos ⁣⁣⁣⁣Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo are twin brothers hailing from Brazil. This pie...
04/26/2019

“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝗪𝐚𝐲 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞” by @osgemos ⁣⁣
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Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo are twin brothers hailing from Brazil. This piece continues their art style seen on walls and canvases throughout the world. ⁣⁣
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#art #streetart #artist #streetartist #graffiti #spraypaint #spraypaintart #osmegos #artwork

Big Frida Don’t Play. A Frida Kahlo x Diego Rivera piece by @kobrastreetart in Prospect Heights Brooklyn. #art #artist #...
04/25/2019

Big Frida Don’t Play. A Frida Kahlo x Diego Rivera piece by @kobrastreetart in Prospect Heights Brooklyn. #art #artist #frida #diego #brooklynstreetart #brooklynart #graffiti #graffitiart

Resistance: A refusal to accept or comply with something. Sometimes because it's difficult.  Sometimes because it's wron...
04/24/2019

Resistance: A refusal to accept or comply with something. Sometimes because it's difficult. Sometimes because it's wrong. Art created to expose truth or injustices. Pressing on. Protest and direct action. The rebellion in Star Wars. In World War II. Resistance: Refusing to give in to oppression of a people. Of an idea. Of a cause. Not giving in or giving up. Could simply be the act of continuing to survive, to exist, despite it all.

Submit your artwork, photography, writing, etc on the theme of RESISTANCE to [email protected] by June 1, 2019.

Link in bio. #callforart #art #resistanceart #zine #callforsubmissions #callforartist #callforartists #artcallout

Art of architecture. Loved all the details that went into this station. One of the beauties of Belgium is that buildings...
04/20/2019

Art of architecture. Loved all the details that went into this station. One of the beauties of Belgium is that buildings are protected by laws to prevent the aesthetics from being built away.

National Monument Slavemijverleden by Erwin de Vries celebrates Ketikoti (broken chains in Sranantongo - a Surinam langu...
04/20/2019

National Monument Slavemijverleden by Erwin de Vries celebrates Ketikoti (broken chains in Sranantongo - a Surinam language) July 1 1863 the date the Netherlands (one of the last countries in Europe) abolished slavery. It would take another 10 years for true freedom as the “freed” people were being “reacclimated” to being free; akin to share cropping in the US. ⁣

This monument represents the past (chains), the present (breaking through the wall of resistance) and the future (freedom). ⁣

Thank you @jacops.art for the walking tour!⁣

#art #blackart #oosterpark #publicart #artoutside #ErwindeVries #blackamsterdam #blackart #freedom #sculptureart #freedomart #artforfreedom @ Oosterpark

divine light and energies appeared for this one. ⁣⁣#art #streetart #eastsidegallery #eastsidegalleryart #berlin #berlinw...
04/18/2019

divine light and energies appeared for this one. ⁣

#art #streetart #eastsidegallery #eastsidegalleryart #berlin #berlinwall #berlinwallart #streetartist #berlinart #godsblack

Step lively. “Dream” by the homies @icyandsot @mocomuseum #art #artist
04/16/2019

Step lively. “Dream” by the homies @icyandsot @mocomuseum #art #artist

“Bunny Boy Black” by @faileart @mocomuseum #amsterdam #art #marble #sculpture #amsterdamart #artoutside #moco
04/16/2019

“Bunny Boy Black” by @faileart @mocomuseum #amsterdam #art #marble #sculpture #amsterdamart #artoutside #moco

Untitled (Boxer) by Basquiat #jeanmichelbasquiat @thebrantfoundation #basquiat #art #artinside #nycart #artist
04/09/2019

Untitled (Boxer) by Basquiat #jeanmichelbasquiat @thebrantfoundation #basquiat #art #artinside #nycart #artist

INSIGHT: Healing. Take the time - Healing, though sometimes referring to the concrete alleviation of an injury or illnes...
03/30/2019

INSIGHT: Healing. Take the time - Healing, though sometimes referring to the concrete alleviation of an injury or illness, can also be one of those nebulous concepts that one may spend months or years trying to comprehend. Sometimes healing refers to our inner world of emotions and mental health. Healing may appear on the horizon, receding as we swim through the depths of the water of our souls, pulled by the tides of our emotions and desires. View the issue https://mailchi.mp/002ff67ff93c/insighthealing

Us. Walk with the spirits for they are tall. They lead and push. ⁣⁣“Shadows” by Adger Cowans. New York. ⁣⁣#art #artist #...
03/23/2019

Us. Walk with the spirits for they are tall. They lead and push. ⁣

“Shadows” by Adger Cowans. New York. ⁣

#art #artist #newyork #ny #artny #photo #photoart #shadows #nyart #print #gelatin #gelatinart

Friday night plans?⁣⁣“Tonight We Make History” by Harland Miller⁣⁣#art #artist #harlandmiller #harlandmillerart
03/02/2019

Friday night plans?⁣

“Tonight We Make History” by Harland Miller⁣

#art #artist #harlandmiller #harlandmillerart

“Untitled” by Lauryn Williams Of Coxsackie-Athens HS. #art #artist #youthart #albany #redridinghood #bigbadwolf #fairyta...
02/27/2019

“Untitled” by Lauryn Williams Of Coxsackie-Athens HS. #art #artist #youthart #albany #redridinghood #bigbadwolf #fairytaleart

Michael Jackson. James Baldwin. #photography #michaeljackson #jamesbaldwin #art #artist #photo @ New York, New York
02/24/2019

Michael Jackson. James Baldwin. #photography #michaeljackson #jamesbaldwin #art #artist #photo @ New York, New York

Check out the homie @anaffy upcoming event via @nywriters @nypl #talentedfriends #write #art #nycevents
02/22/2019

Check out the homie @anaffy upcoming event via @nywriters @nypl #talentedfriends #write #art #nycevents

A design study and final image of Charles White’s Mary McLeod Bethune mural that is on display at the nameskake’s librar...
02/20/2019

A design study and final image of Charles White’s Mary McLeod Bethune mural that is on display at the nameskake’s library in Los Angeles’ Expo Park. This is part of the “Monumental Practice” show @DavidZwirmer⁣

White also interpreted Dr. Bethune’s Last Will and Testamenr and incorporated them into the museum. ⁣

“I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity. I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. I leave you finally, a responsibility to our young people.⁣
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#CharlesWhite #DavidZwirmer #art #artinside #MonumentalPractice #chlesea #nyc #nycart #chelseart #gallery #artists #illustration #canvasart #MaryMcLeodBethune #designstudy #mural #muralart @ David Zwirner

Swans on a Lake. “A Concentration” by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye from the exhibit “In Lieu Of A Louder Love” on display @jack...
02/17/2019

Swans on a Lake. “A Concentration” by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye from the exhibit “In Lieu Of A Louder Love” on display @jackshainman both locations. @lynetteyiadomboakye

#lynetteyiadomboakye #art #artinside #chlesea #nyc #nycart #chelseart #gallery #artists #illustration #canvasart #dancers

Mr. Fox. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye “In Lieu Of A Louder Love” on display @jackshainman #lynetteyiadomboakye #art #artinside ...
02/17/2019

Mr. Fox. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye “In Lieu Of A Louder Love” on display @jackshainman

#lynetteyiadomboakye #art #artinside #chlesea #nyc #nycart #chelseart #gallery #artists #illustration #canvasart

Step in confidence. #king #illustration #lebronjames #art #chelseaart #nycart
02/17/2019

Step in confidence. #king #illustration #lebronjames #art #chelseaart #nycart

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