On March 25th, Afrika Fifty6 hosted “Art Class” at Mars Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. The event was designed to raise awareness and funds for Afrika Fifty6’s continuation of Project Tanzania, and to showcase talented artists around Chicago. The fundraiser was extremely successful, with over 200 people in attendance. All the proceeds raised from Art Class will go to purchase beds, mosquito nets, and kitchen essentials for the Ijango Zaidia Orphanage. In April, Sam Desalu will be returning to Dar es Salaam to distribute these and other essential items to the children at the orphanage.
Afrika Fifty6 would like to thank everyone who worked to make this event a success. First, thank you to Mars Gallery for the wonderful space. Next, thank you to the following artists who showcased their talent: Solomon Adufah, Mike Winn, Ashley Dowdy, Ron Bass, Hugo Garcia, Nina Palumbo, Michael Nauert, Barrett Keezy, Maxwell Dickson , John Bambino , Ahmad Lee, and Femiola. Furthermore, the event would not have been possible without the generosity of these wonderful sponsors: du’sse, Bombay Sapphire , Mastermind Management, Mars Gallery, Urban Fetes, and Angie Grozdic. Lastly, and most importantly, thank you to the faithful supporters of Afrika Fifty6 and Project Tanzania who have supported through donations, raising awareness, and attendance at events like Art Class. Your generosity is working to improve the lives of children in need, and to allow Afrika Fifty6 to take on more projects in the future.