Current Exhibition

Yusuf Dubois Abdul-Lateef presents
“Black Matter”: A Living Experience
Introducing: Easel People Clothing Co.

The dynamic work of Yusuf Lateef in collaboration with Elliott and Chris Rogers can be described as abstract visual echoes from the margins of which we experience and move through on a consistent basis. The spirit of African American culture moves fluidly through the seams of society, filling pockets of spiritual voids, offering new value to objects and ideas that are often neglected. What we wear, say, and do, seeps into the collective consciousness and is reflected back through frames of other cultural networks. At the Paula Brown Gallery, we are offering creative frequencies through the experimentation with common visual and wearable formats. Featured will be Paintings, Art Posters, and Wearable Art.

“Hear. I Am”: Life In Process /// Radiant City Arts in Collaboration with Young Artists from the Youth Opportunities program.
Highlighting creative pathways in artistic entrepreneurship to help inspire youth via greater access to technology, training, and resources.
In this 12 week program, Visual Artist Yusuf Lateef and Musician Ben Cohen have led youth from the Vistula District in a tour of mixed media collaborative work ranging from Screen Printing, Printmaking, 2-D Painting, Sculpture, Book Binding, Sound Design, Song-Writing, Beat Making and Recording Studio Technology. With each of the skills learned, students were exposed to a different creative path and potential career direction.
Youth created work will be available for purchase at the Paula Brown Gallery during the May 15th opening. Funds raised will go to both the responsible artist and an ongoing entrepreneurial fund that the group can use to purchase supplies and more inventory for future sale.
Current RCA projects include:
A partnership with Youth Arts Alliance of Ypsilanti and the Parkridge Community Center to build a recording studio and art studio for youth coming out of treatment and detention centers to serve probation time learning creative skills and getting paid to do it.
An ongoing partnership with The University of Toledo, Salem Lutheran Church, and Youth Opportunities Program: Highlighting creative pathways in artistic entrepreneurship to help inspire youth via greater access to technology, training, and resources.

Artists
Yusuf Dubois Abdul- Lateef
Yusuf Dubois Abdul- Lateef is a visual artist and educator residing in Toledo Ohio. His primary vocation is that of a painter but also considers himself a creative engineer using installation and performance art. Co-founder of Radiant City Arts, Lateef uses his love of the creative process to find ways to engage youth and the public at large. With a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 2d studies and social engagement as art practice, Lateef aspires to use art as a vehicle for self-reflection, growth, and outward change in his community. He has completed over 20 murals and has participated in several collaborative projects in communities of Ohio, Michigan, Bilbao Spain, and Toledo Spain. Lateef is currently focusing his energy on the expansion of programming for Radiant City Arts and his individual art practice.

Chris and Elliott Rogers
Chris and Elliott Rogers are the new faces of dynamic young style emerging onto fashion’s leading edge. These native Toledoans were inspired to put their unique stamp on apparel even as young children who made a habit of embellishing print ads with their special flair. Chris and Elliott began sketching at the tender ages of 10 and 8 respectively, and as teens, their focus on fashion design and construction only intensified. The cris | elle line utilizes innovative vision, solid construction and tasteful avant-garde sensibilities to push the style envelope. The end result is distinctive, flattering RTW and high fashion that captures the essence of their eclectic aesthetic.

Radiant City Arts
Radiant City Arts is an arts education provider specializing in music, poetry and visual arts workshops with a focus on developing leadership skills and self empowerment founded by Visual Artist Yusuf Lateef, Musician and Producer Ben Cohen and Poet Educator Akili Jackson in 2013. We facilitate a safe environment to foster positive communication skills, encourage leadership and cooperation in groups, and to encourage creativity and self expression as a means to build self esteem and confidence. We have partnered with such organizations as The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Public Schools, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo School for the Arts, On The Ground Global, Earthwork Music, Youth Arts Alliance and the Zepf Center to create multi-disciplinary work.

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