Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Artist and UN Ambassador for Art and Peace will give a free public program sponsored by Friends of the Springfield Art Museum and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild, from 6 – 8 PM on Tuesday, September 26, in the Springfield Art Museum Auditorium.
From the Niger River Basin of West Africa to the Ozark Mountains, Ibiyinka is an artist who shines a light on art as a healing tool through painting, storytelling, writing, music, and film. He is a winner of the prestigious United Nations International Art Contest and his painting Eternity in our Hearts, part of which he made in the Ozarks, inspired the 2016 Scholastic “Kids Are Authors” Nonfiction Grand Prize winner Ibi’s Fireflies, written and illustrated by 3rd grade students in Pennsylvania.
Ibiyinka works in schools, prisons, and juvenile detention centers, introducing art therapy to students and inmates. Ibiyinka will be sharing stories, performing musical selections, and discussing his artwork including, My Fireflies, which has been made into a short animated feature and an audio book that will be screened at the event.
This event is free and open to the public and reservations are not required. The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive.