My name is Ade (pronounced A-day) and I am one of the mobilizers for the National Youth Arts Week. I am also on the Youth Advisory Council of Art Forms, so I guess you can say I am passionate about the arts.
My love for art encompasses both visual and performance forms and from what I recall, it all started with comic-book superheroes. My brother always bought and read the comics of Superman, Batman, Spidey- you name ‘em. And although I had little interest in the content of the story lines, I was always really fascinated by the artistic depiction of these ethereal figures. So one day I decided to try my hand at drawing Clark Kent, Superman’s alter ego, and to my surprise my hand-eye coordination wasn’t half bad. From then on, I began drawing regularly and got better with each positive review gotten from family and friends. With growing confidence, I also began building prowess with the manipulation of paper to make ornaments such as birds, boxes, cars and boats. But nothing hit home with my elementary school mates quite like the double-boat I unleashed one fine Monday morning. I was an instant hero! The demand to make double boats for everyone was overwhelming, but I loved it- I loved the attention. At this point, I had made up my mind that I was going to become an Architect because I loved drawing and that was only career I knew (at the time) would let me express my artistic curiosities.
Fast-forward to today and my passions were shared by the pursuit of other interests. I never stopped thinking about the arts however, as was evident by my taste in music, fashion and film. It is with this exploration that my love of art has evolved from merely the visual and tangible to include audio-visual and intangible. I once thought art started and ended in art class or with paper and lead, but now I see a much clearer definition. I see it in every building, every electronic device, every desk and chair, every water bottle, I see it in our life experiences…I see it in you and I. A wise man once said, “In the science of today, we become artists”. I believe art to be more than just an aesthetic form of expression. I believe in its functional capabilities and I believe ones creativity, no matter how unconventional, can make a difference in this world.
Join us this May in celebrating the National Youth Arts Week! Promises to be a fun time! #YouthArtsWeek