by Robin Scott Peters
|Life Changing Experience?|
Yet, that mattered not. When I walked out of that theater two plus hours later, my life had been-- and still is-- altered permanently. Art is potent. It can change lives.
The Crocker Art Museum held an event, 5pm to 9pm, this past-Thursday, August 1, 2013 called "The Takeover: An Art Jam By & for Youth." And that is exactly what happened.
Even before I walked up to the exterior entrance of the CAM the energy was pulsating and I knew I was in for a treat; me and my Canon 550D and IPhone 4. We were not disappointed. Neither were the hundreds of youthful participants whom received a full course meal of what a "Takeover" at the Crocker is.
Like Siren calling, I was coaxed to the entrance of the museum from my parking lot 500 yards away. The haunting echo of Blues -- smooth rhythm, fat bass, fluid lead guitar , playful sax and the drums keeping it all together. I walked quickly, pulled out my Iphone and started to film. This was no rookie group out on a maiden performance.
If you were a youth, you got in free. Now, can't beat that. I am not a youth...and the $10 ticket entrance price is a great deal. I had full access to all the exhibits and I could participate in the "Takeover." The cherry on top: night time fun at the museum. I love to go to museums at night. There is an aura so much different than day time. An ability to interact with the exhibits after hours, as if the art is off work and more relaxed, more willing to let you get the inside scoop.
I entered the spacious hall of the first floor. Tables were everywhere. The scent of something delicious, some food being prepared. People at the tables playing games. Some board game. Ten or twelve pairs competing.
|The first floor party zone|
|The rapping MC entertains the crowd|
|Heading from Graffiti Artist to Main Stage|
|Palyn putting on finishing touches|
|"Paydirt" hits gold on this rendition|
|Ms. Reds was all about business|
|Jon working the multi colored streaks|
|Amy getting her music groove motivation|
|AC's daughter was there giving him support|
From the courtyard stage a blaring microphone and the MC of the ceremonies was calling everyone to attention. As I worked my way back, the music of Curtis Mayfield inspired me to pick up my steps and see what was about to transpire. Clad in white T's, jeans, khaki's and shorts was a group of young men and woman: "The Flo Step Dancers." They tore it up. Pop, Hip Hop, Crakin', Flo and Break dance was thrown all over the stage and into the audience even! Take a look at the 3 minutes of video above and tell me if it doesn't make you want to give it a try. I think only youth can do most of these moves.
After the spectacular dance display the MC announced a break so the next band could set up. I wanted to see what else was on the menu. My prime mission was to capture all The Takeover. I was shocked when I checked my watch and I had already eagerly consumed two hours of time. Part of my mission was to see if the youth interacted with the Crocker Art Museum exhibits. I think it is powerful for an institution like the Crocker to reach out to the youth in exactly the manner they have chosen. There is a second and possibly larger importance--needed interplay. The youth needed to interact with the "traditional" presentation of art.
|Man Running from Death|
I took the stairs up to the second floor. The balcony section spans the length of the great room below. The view down through the glass windows as night settled and lights popped on, encapsulated the fun of the event. The next band was up playing and I struggled for a moment whether to run back down and film or to continue on my quest. My answer was brought to me post haste. As I crossed the balcony of the second floor I spied a group of youth. I walked up to see what they were looking at. In the hall were three glass enclosed displays. One of the young women turned to me and asked: "What is that?" I looked and in this 2' x 2' glass box was an armadillo. "An armadillo." I said. "I know what it is, but what is it made of?" "That's paper. Origami." We all turned back to the exhibit and marveled together at how completely a replica of an armadillo stared back at us. It clinging to a branch sprouting from a base of marble. All done in paper--Origami. Together, my three new friends and I moved to look at the two other displays and discussed the intricacy behind such endeavors.
|Origami Gown and Pumps|
|Origami mask, is it wood or paper? Both!|
|Young ladies talking about the colors|
|Boys really digging the pies|
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