Beautiful are the Souls of My People


Selected Works From GLIDE’s Youth and Children’s Program
On Display in GLIDE’s Creative Space, June 2, 2011

The GLIDE Janice Mirikitani Family, Youth and Childcare Center (FYCC) drew inspiration from the Langston Hughes poem, “My People,” for the title of their self-curated exhibit, Beautiful are the Souls of my People, scheduled to open on June 2nd in GLIDE’s Creative Space.

Created and developed by the children over the course of last year, the collection includes a culmination of pieces which consists of pop-art portraits inspired by 80’s icon Andy Warhol from the Pre-school and Kindergarten groups, mixed-media self-portraits from the 1st and 2nd graders, and contour illustration and super hero identity portraits from the 3rd through 5th graders. The exhibit is an exploration of the self through portraiture and will feature work from 4-10 year olds.


“This exhibit is a major platform for our children to tell their own stories, to embrace the fullness of a rich legacy, and to affirm their humanity,” states Janice Mirikitani, Founding President of GLIDE. ”Many of our young people have experienced the difficulties of being marginalized. Their expression through self-portraits is a means by which our children define themselves and celebrate who they are.”


In a time when many schools are losing creative arts programs to budget cuts, FYCC is proud to offer an outlet for creative expression to their kids, something that will help them as they grow into adults in today’s world. Candice Jacobs, FYCC Creative Arts Lead Teacher reflected, “I want the kids to understand the world differently, to experience their world more fully, to learn from the world from an artist’s perspective.”


Beautiful are the Souls of my People will open in GLIDE’s Creative Space on Thursday, June 2, 2011coinciding with the first day of FYCC’s Summer Programming. The public is invited to a free Opening Reception on Thursday, June 2, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm with special viewing for children from 3:30pm - 5:30pm. A second community reception will be held on Sunday, June 5th following the church’s Celebration services at 9am and 11am.

GLIDE’s Creative Space

330 Ellis Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

Exhibition Dates:         

May 8, 2012 – July 6, 2012

Visiting Times:             

Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM, Sundays, 9am – 12:30pm

Community Reception:        

Sunday, June 3, 2012 10:30am and 12:30pm

(following each Celebration)

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