Examples of recent visual work by our students that will be included in the annual Freehand Arts Project print anthology.
Examples of recent written work by our students that will be included in the annual Freehand Arts Project print anthology.
Gentrification is when…
Latifah “Lah Lah” H.
Grandma’s house is no longer home,
Gotta find a new place to live now unknowing and alone.
No longer a safe place, can’t use her sink to wash away tears from my face…
The neighborhood no longer family, look at me as if they can’t stand me.
Strangers next door, not realizing I’ve been here for more..
More years than you can count, I remember when your house
was just a mound… dirt we used to make mud pies, a field we
used for football, now they’re building houses too many feet too
tall. What about the little people, the ones you stepped on to get to the
top? Grandma’s house is no longer home...
Bars of Rage
I’m in a cage, my bars of rage
The bullmastiff I am
I’m a dog in a damned can
I’m mad as hell, shit ain’t goin well
Damn did I just hear a bell, or someone droppin
a coin in a wishing well. To Hell cause I fell
to wish life so well.
Spring me from my compound, I’m in the dog pound.
I shouldn’t left the yard, where I was supposed to
be on guard. Now I behind these bars in a rage.
A damned dog in cage.
The Rainbow Room
Shallow people get mad and wonder how
How we can laugh and joke in a place like this
It’s not hard to be yourself especially if you’re hilarious
Laughs and smiles came a dime a dozen in here
And I’d rather see you up than see you down
Blessed to have been put where I was
and involved in the circles I’m involved with
We have a good time all day and night within these walls
With smiles plastered on our beautiful faces
Because in the end, what are we without happiness
What are we if we can’t see the rainbow past the rain
I wouldn’t know since I keep an arsenal of grins with me
there’s even an extra one in my pocket for my closest
friends in case they’ve misplaced theirs
Like I said I’d rather see them smile than frown
My people mean everything to me especially in a
place like this.