Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival
Date Completed: June 11, 2017
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Artists: Jeff Huntington, Laura Brino, kids from Jovenes Artistas, assorted Huntingtons
Objective: Promote Future History Now and the role of art in the community by inviting festival-goers to witness the process of creating a mural with kids.
Description: Two murals on canvas created with spray paint, focusing on the use of patterns and shading techniques. Murals were auctioned off by the directors of the festival, with proceeds going to Future History Now for upcoming projects.
Herd of Bison
Date completed: in progress
Location: jahru studio and downtown Annapolis
Aritsts: Jahrulia, Laura Brino, and kids from Jovenes Artistas
Objective: To involve local youth in environmental activism, inform them about important environmental issues that will affect their future, and provide historical context regarding the treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government. To expand on the kids' knowledge of stenciling and spray paint techniques.
Description: 28 signs depicting the American Bison to be held at Maryland Stands up to Big Oil event by kids of Jovenes Artistas and other volunteers. The signs will form a visual "herd" representing our support for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.
Harriet Tubman and the Legend of the Code Quilts
Date completed: January 29, 2017
Location: Chestertown River Arts/Kid's Spot, High Street, Chestertown, MD
Aritsts: Jahrulia, Raven Bishop, young women of Carter Center, kids from Bayside HOYAS
Objective: Examining the life of Harriet Tubman and the legend of the code quilts. Learning how enslaved African Americans found a "way out of no way," by exploring hidden meanings in African American spirituals. Applying the concept of encoded communication to the idea of code quilts used to guide escaping slaves and conductors of the Underground Railroad to safety.
Description: A five-piece panel portrait of Harriet Tubman incorporating quilt pattern shapes selected to illustrate the idea of how quilts could have been used to communicate in code. Kids painted the quilt shapes and reviewed what they had learned.
Call and Response
Date completed: January 14, 2017
Location: jahru studio
Aritsts: Kids of Creating Communities, Jahru, and Jimi Davies
Objective: Collaborating to create a "call and response" abstract painting--the artists react to the "calls" or brush strokes of fellow artists by adding their visual response.
Description: Abstract acrylic painting using masking techniques to create a hard-edge overlay on top of freehand abstract painting. A follow up exercise creating "exquisite corpse" drawings.
Creating Communities Mural project
Date Completed: December 10, 2016
Location: Harbor House Recreation Center
Artists: Shannon Sterner, Jeff Huntington, and kids from Creating Communities
Objective: Collaboration in Eastport with Rob Levit's Creating Communities program
Description: Future History Now designed and painted one panel with the help of kids from Creating Communities.
Presidents Hill Community Mural
Date(s) Completed: September 16-25, 2016
Location: 4 Madison Place, Annapolis
Artist(s): Jahru and Kids of Jóvenes Artistas
Subject: Presidential portraits among geometric patterns.
Objective: Offering a collaborative work conceptualized by a local professional artist and executed in collaboration with kids from a local outreach program; paying homage to the historic neighborhood’s name; engaging the community and raising awareness of contemporary art and artists through hands-on experience in beautification and revitalization projects.
Description: Large-scale monochrome portraits of bust of James Madison, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, incorporating geometric shapes, the process intended to engage the kids in mathematics, history, practical applications and problem solving through art-making.
Date(s) Completed: July 22-26, 2016
Location: 26 Lafayette Street, Annapolis
Artist(s): Jeff Huntington
Subject: Cedar Waxwing bird amidst tropical foliage covering the front and side of a vacant residential property.
Objective: Offering a non-political image depicting beauty on a blighted property, described by local residents as an “eyesore,” during a dark time in the world.
Description: Artist painted the mural over the course of five days while residents watched, engaged in dialogue and participated in interviews conducted by local media.
Future History Now
Date(s) Executed/Completed: July 3, 2016
Location: 108 Cathedral Street, Annapolis
Artist(s): Jason Liggett (collaboration with community musicians, visual artists and residents)
Subject: Jason Liggett Mural Funeral
Objective: The painting over of a mural as a peaceful protest against the Historic Preservation Commission, a non-art entity, and their request for a private property owner to retroactively apply for artistic approval – an authority that has not been established.
Description: Kids and adults engaged in public speaking, music and a collaborative painting over of the mural. Participants were invited to leave their mark in an artistic manner over the original mural – both murals now covered over.
Wiley H. Bates Middle School Mural Project
Date(s) Completed: TBD (2017)
Location: Bates Middle School mural wall, Annapolis
Artist(s): Shannon Sterner and Kids of Jóvenes Artistas
Subject: body stencils and wings
Objective: Offering a collaborative work to be conceptualized by a local professional artist and executed in conjunction with local kids; continuing an annually rotating mural wall; engaging the community and raising awareness of contemporary art and artists through hands-on experience in beautification and revitalization projects.
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Mural
Date(s) Completed: TBD (2017)
Location: Asbury Church, 87 West Street, Annapolis
Artist(s): Jahru and kids from Stanton Community Center
Subject: Portrait of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
Objective: A project celebrating Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African American general surgeon, who in 1893 performed the second documented successful pericardium surgery to repair a wound. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States. His grandfather founded Asbury Church, where this mural will be placed.
Description: Portrait of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams incorporating geometric patterns and imagery translating his story, the process intended to engage the kids in mathematics, history, practical applications and problem solving through art-making.