"Providing art education globally, because it is essential that creative expression is taught, giving people the opportunity to think and create artistically." -B. Hill
“Art Education with B.Hill” is an international foundation that focuses on the needs of artistic development. The foundation was grounded in an international comparative analysis thesis, written by teaching artist Briana Hill. The thesis consists of studies within the practices of art education in two completely different countries in North America. The research collected was within countries where African diaspora is considered to be the minority and on the contrary, where African diaspora is the majority. All four schools in both countries practiced art making, the only significant difference is the reason behind practicing art. The differences are, state requirements of art education mandating in the U.S. and the cultural importance associated with art, but not necessarily mandated (Jamaica, West Indies).
With this mission, Briana Hill has completed four journeys underneath the "Art Education with BHill" foundation, teaching and donating art supplies to five different schools throughout Jamaica, West Indies, instructing three art education workshops in New Orleans, LA and one school in Kumasi Ghana.
For the second mission, she targeted five schools, throughout Saint Ann's, Saint Ann’s Bay and Kingston Jamaica! Although there weren’t enough funds collected through ‘GofuneMe’, each school received a small amount of art supplies aside from the art supplies used for each lesson.
Briana Hill brought along Akeel Nelson and his volunteer Mark Chapman. Akeel filmed Briana teaching in each class and Mark assisted with camera help. Briana Hill also brought along Curwin Laurent who assisted Briana with lesson preparations and hands-on classroom assisting.
The short film below displays Mission Two re-caps, reflections from Teaching Artist Briana Hill and future plans for the project.
Mission three occurred within the communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, serving children in all age groups. Through Briana Hill’s teaching experiences, she acknowledged the need for artistic development and expression for youth in a small city, known for its history of poor education. The goal in New Orleans was to target those youth who have a strong acquisition for visual arts, want to enhance their artistic skills, discourse, practice or simply need a way to express themselves. It became a priority to give those specific children an experience of artistic leaning. Another major goal was for each student to take home free art supplies.
Although there weren’t one hundred youth who participated in mission three’s community arts classes (which was a goal), Briana still taught those three individual art classes and gave gift bags to every single participating youth. Extra funding helped to put high quality art supplies in each gift bag. All extra gift bags were given to parents and youth of the community. Mission three consisted of three classes, occurring on the first three Saturdays of August 2018.
For 2019's Mission Four of
'Art Education with B. Hill", Project: Ghana,
Please see the short documentary in the YouTube video below: