Atlanta Hawks Team Up With Future Foundation And National Black Arts Festival For Youth Art Project
As renovations come near an end on the new State Farm Arena, home to the Atlanta Hawks, Amy Parry Projects has called on artist Lillian Blades and others for the "True to Atlanta" art pieces that will be permanently displayed in the arena. Amy Parry Projects met with Future Foundations' CEO Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim and talks went so well between the two sides that they decided to partner along with the Atlanta Hawks and artist Lillian Blades to give the youth of the Future Foundation, which was founded by former Atlanta Hawks player Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the opportunity to be a part of this unique art project.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Prep Sports Nation was invited out to get a sneak peek at some the work that the Future Foundation students are working on with Blades. Among those in attendance were Future Foundation's Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, who told us that the experience of being a part of this project for the Future Foundation youth is "extremely impactful and empowering."
Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Executive Vice President David Lee was also on hand for the event and said that, the art piece "represents an active participation of kids in art," adding, that it is "appropriate" to be on display in the newly renovated arena. "I wanted to feature their work," were the words of artist Blades, who went on to say she will be incorporating the students work in the final assembly. Fans will get a chance to view the finished piece on October 20th at the "Welcome to the Neighborhood" open house party which will be free to the public.