CBK’s Beacon Leadership Program Students Visit the Barnes, View “30 Americans” Exhibition
This week, members of the Beacon Leadership Program visited the Barnes Foundation to experience the “30 Americans” exhibition, which highlights the incredible painting, sculpture and photography of 30 contemporary African American artists from across the country. From the canonical to the cutting-edge, these artists explore identity against a backdrop of pervasive stereotyping — of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class — addressing intersectional politics in unique and powerful ways. The Barnes presentation marks the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking show and its long-awaited debut in Philadelphia.
The trip was fun and enlightening and served as a capstone experience for a unit on self-identify and positive self-image the boys have been studying. The group received multiple acknowledgements from the Barnes Foundation and Whole Foods staffs for being well behaved and well dressed.
The Beacon Leadership Program meets weekly with school counselor Khary Blackmon and other positive male role models to learn lessons, hear guest speakers and gain tangible experiences to assist them in their striving to become leaders in the global economy.