Forever Family offers inspirational stories and songs of family, defined both conventionally and otherwise: the unconditional love afforded a child by a parent or grandparent; sons and daughters honoring fathers and mothers; loving whomever we see as family, be it under our roofs or in our communities. The 5:30-6:30pm reception period for this opening event is graced with composer/jazz pianist George Spicka offering ambient music as the exhibition opens to the public for the first time. The 6:30pm program opens and closes with songs from the incomparable Navasha Daya, who with her husband Fanon Hill co-founded and co-leads the Youth Resiliency Institute (YRI), an organization dedicated to strong family support and featured in the event. Pulling from letters contributed to the project, YRI family members share what “Forever Family” means to them through song and affirmations. They are joined by others with testimonials of family love, including artist Ernest Shaw, letter contributors to the project, such as Rita Walters, Jessica Kohnen, Lovey McClain, Alice Bauman, Selwyn Ray, Susan Wallendorf, Beth Fredrick, and others, and community members of Access Art and BMore Clubhouse, two organizations bringing the spirit of family and love to all their work. A moment of the evening is given over to inviting audience members to offer testimonies of family love: bring yours to join in this heart-opening event.
Brought To You By:The Youth Resiliency Institute
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM