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Kaci Kennedy, “#dearblackgirl” (2015), digital photograph (Image courtesy of The Beautiful Project)

Founded in 2004, the Beautiful Project is a “North Carolina–based collective of Black artists, scholars, and educators” with one primary goal: to forge a tight-knit community for young Black girls through photography and writing, introducing concepts of empowerment and kinship through creativity.

Black girls and women over the age of 12 are invited to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday, December 7 for a creative workshop with the Beautiful Project “using storytelling and image making as tools of wellness to affirm, empower, and disrupt harmful misrepresentations of Black girls and women.”

The event occurs one day after the opening of Pen, Lens & Soul: The Story of The Beautiful Project at the Met, which presents over 10 years of images from the Beautiful Project that undermine stereotypes about Black identity and uplift the beauty of Black womanhood. The exhibition was curated by Jamaica Gilmer, Khayla Deans, Pamela Thompson, and Erin Stephens.

“Amid widespread misunderstanding and misuse of Black likenesses in the media and in the world at large, the members of The Beautiful Project amplify the voices of Black girls and women, encouraging them to own conversations that are often about them but without them,” the Met explains of the exhibition. The organization encourages “Black girls and women to be the caretakers of their needs and images.”

The Beautiful Project is part of the Met’s Kenan Project Cohort,  which connects 21 arts and cultural organizations to investigate social impact and sustainability in the arts over the course of three years.

Registration for the free event is required.

When: Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm
Where: The Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (81st Street Entrance; 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY).

More info via Metropolitan Museum of Art

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