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'The Native Series' Fuses Art, Music, Fashion to Raise Funds for Africa

By Ed Komenda | June 18, 2015 5:47am
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Solomon Adufah, an artist to be featured at "The Native Series," taught and mentored kids at this school in Ghana. Some of the students are subjects in his artwork to be displayed at the event.
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BRIDGEPORT — A new art show aiming to raise money for a non-profit that gives art supplies and creative mentors to children in Africa is coming to the neighborhood.

“The Native Series” hits Bridgeport on June 19 at The Frame Shop/Creative Space, 3520 S. Morgan St., and runs from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The show’s goal? Raise money for Africa's underprivileged kids while fusing art, fashion, culture, music and entertainment to teach the public about cultural diversity and social equality, said Roe Melloe, the local artist who produced the show.

All proceeds will go to Afrika Fifty6, a non-profit group that provides children throughout Africa with resources to become “positive contributors to society,” according to the group’s website.

Afrika Fifty6 has thrown a benefit concert, raised money for a struggling orphanage and delivered clothing, shoes, art supplies and water to children.

“We are teaching kids how to be creative, to be visually expressive,” Melloe said of his Native Series project.

Opening alongside the Bridgeport Art Center’s Third Friday gathering, the series will feature live music, paintings, dancing and poetry. Tickets cost $10.

The series spotlights Midwestern artists including Solomon Adufah, Angelica London, Mike Stidham, David A. Geary, Obi Soulstar, Martha A. Wade, Dana Todd Pope and James Nelson.

If you attend, you can also catch the world premiere of Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael’s short film “How We Flew Across The Water.”

Buy tickets here.

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