Painting & Performance Schedule

Monday, February 5

Day Session: 1:00-4:00pm

Evening Session: 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 6

Day Session: 1:00-4:00pm

Evening Session: 6:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, February 7

UPDATE: Canceled Due To Snow. Resumes Tomorrow, Feb. 8!

Thursday, February 8

Day Session: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Evening Session: 17th Hour + Discussion: 4:00-6:00pm

All portions of this live painting performance and installation will be held in the main performance space (room 127) of the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, at Westfield State University.

Questions? Contact Callie Hutchinson: Tel: (413) 572-5630, Email: chutchinson@westfield.ma.edu

Painting & Performance Schedule

Monday, February 5

Day Session: 1:00-4:00pm

Evening Session: 6:00-8:00pm

Tuesday, February 6

Day Session: 1:00-4:00pm

Evening Session: 6:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, February 7

UPDATE: Canceled Due To Snow. Resumes Tomorrow, Feb. 8!

Thursday, February 8

Day Session: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Evening Session: 17th Hour + Discussion: 4:00-6:00pm

All portions of this live painting performance and installation will be held in the main performance space (room 127) of the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts, at Westfield State University. Questions? Contact Callie Hutchinson, Tel: (413) 572-5630Email: chutchinson@westfield.ma.edu

About 17 Years Boy

Inspired by the life and untimely death of Trayvon Martin—gunned down at the tender age of 17—17 Years Boy is a time-based, public performance art project that speaks to the issue of Black boy subjectivity in the United States. Using visual art, historical installation, and elements of theatre, artist, Imo Nse Imeh, seeks to humanize Trayvon Martin and other Black boy victims of American racial violence, while bridging similar, present-day incidents to those in America’s turbulent past. The objective—to provide a platform for honest conversation about the ways in which American Nationhood and a sense of belonging are portions of a feast that of which Black Boys at large cannot partake.

Production: The project consists of a large-scale (6 foot tall) ephemeral portrait of Trayvon Martin, to be started and completed over a 17-hour period of time, each hour marking a year of his life. The 17 hours will be divided over the course of four consecutive days, each day representing one of the four seasons in a year. The portrait will be created in a performance space with seating, emphasizing the public stage upon which Trayvon Martin and his death were exhaustively analyzed. Accompanying installations will include curated documentations of public social media posts about Trayvon Martin, and a commemorative portrait gallery of 17 other American Black boys—present and past—that have befallen a fate similar to Trayvon’s.

At the 17th hour of the portrait’s development, the performance will culminate to a dramatic finish that will directly involve the interaction and participation of audience members. Immediately following will be a moderated conversation with the artist about the project, his goals, the outcomes, and the ideas/realities of racial equality and justice in the United States.

About 17 Years Boy

Inspired by the life and untimely death of Trayvon Martin—gunned down at the tender age of 17—17 Years Boy is a time-based, public performance art project that speaks to the issue of Black boy subjectivity in the United States.

Using visual art, historical installation, and elements of theatre, artist, Imo Nse Imeh, seeks to humanize Trayvon Martin and other Black boy victims of American racial violence, while bridging similar, present-day incidents to those in America’s turbulent past. The objective—to provide a platform for honest conversation about the ways in which American Nationhood and a sense of belonging are portions of a feast that of which Black Boys at large cannot partake.

Production: The project consists of a large-scale (6 foot tall) ephemeral portrait of Trayvon Martin, to be started and completed over a 17-hour period of time, each hour marking a year of his life. The 17 hours will be divided over the course of four consecutive days, each day representing one of the four seasons in a year. The portrait will be created in a performance space with seating, emphasizing the public stage upon which Trayvon Martin and his death were exhaustively analyzed. Accompanying installations will include curated documentations of public social media posts about Trayvon Martin, and a commemorative portrait gallery of 17 other American Black boys—present and past—that have befallen a fate similar to Trayvon’s.

At the 17th hour of the portrait’s development, the performance will culminate to a dramatic finish that will directly involve the interaction and participation of audience members. Immediately following will be a moderated conversation with the artist about the project, his goals, the outcomes, and the ideas/realities of racial equality and justice in the United States.

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The Trayvon Martin Foundation is a social justice organization committed to ending senseless gun violence, strengthening families through holistic support, S.T.E.M. education for women and minorities and mentoring.  Our strategy is to move from intervention to reform.  Positively changing the lives of youth and their families through strategic programming and perpetual services is at the core of our existence.