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On March 25th, 2015  Afrika Fifty6 will be hosting an art show entitled “Art Class.” This event will be held at Mars Gallery, located at 1139 W. Fulton market, and will begin at 7pm. The aim of this event is to showcase talented artists within Chicago, and to further Afrika Fifty6’s latest philanthropic effort, Project Tanzania. This project benefits the Ijango Zaidia Orphanage Center located in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Over the last year, many artists have donated their talent to raise funds for Project Tanzania.  This February, Sam Desalu conducted a successful mission trip to the orphanage and with the help of generous donations, provided essential materials, and sustainable methods of income generation. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. The children are in need of beds, mosquito nets, and kitchen essentials. In April, Sam will be returning to Dar es Salaam to bring the orphanage a step closer to meeting their needs, and realizing their full potential. Proceeds raised from the Art Class event and Afrika Fifty6’s GoFundMe Campaign will go to meet the orphanage’s critical needs.

Art Class will feature the works of many talented artists. Ron Bass, a visual artist originally from Brooklyn, will be showcasing his talents. Ron draws inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Mark McNairy and Jeremy Scott. His works are noted to be incredibly vibrant, using mixed media to recreate familiar scenes. In addition to artwork, Ron Bass also expresses his art through clothing design. His unique design resulted in the Ron Bass Collection, which is in collaboration with Forever 21. Below are some of his creations:

Art Class will also feature the works of Maxwell Dickson’s Bart Cooper. Cooper, who is a co-founder of Maxwell Dickson, is originally from Liberia. His works are extremely variant, and include abstract, figurative, portrait, and lifestyle. Staying true to Maxwell Dickson’s motto, “art-driven lifestyle,” his works are also available in many forms, including throw pillows, coasters, phone cases, wall clocks, and more. His works are also incredibly vibrant. Check them out below:

Femiolart is a Chicago-based artist originally from Ghana. His influences include.  His works include portraits, abstracts, and digital art. This past summer, he showcased a series entitled “African Horror Story: The Orishas.” This series was centered on the gods and goddesses of Yoruba religion, and their existence within the diaspora. The corresponding exhibit raised funds to promote art within disadvantaged communities in Acrra, Ghana. His works are incredibly versatile, and feature a wide variety of subjects. See them below:

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Solomon Adufah is a self-taught artist originally from Ghana, and now based in Chicago. His works are mostly portraits, and noted for its vibrant colors. His Homeland Series includes several representations of culture across the African continent.  He recently completed a service trip to Ghana, in which he volunteered at a school, and helped teach art. Below are just a few of his beautiful works:


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This will be a great night of fundraising and networking. For entry, please email info@afrikafifty6.com




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