Jhair James, Boston Arts Academy Senior Visual Arts Major, presented with 2015 Aspiring Youth Award from the Boston City Council

 7th Annual African American Ball
Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Jhair James with his award and certificate from the Boston City Council

Jhair James with the 2015 Aspiring Youth award and certificate from the Boston City Council

 

Jhair James with Mayor Walsh and Tina Chery, CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Jhair James with Mayor Walsh and Tina Chery, CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Jhair, a Boston Arts Academy Senior Visual Arts Major, is an artist-activist interested in graphic design, comic book art and observational art.

The Boston City Council honored Jhair at the 7th Annual African-American Ball with the 2015 Aspiring Youth Award. The City Council presented a certificate congratulating Jhair for “merging art with activism and obtaining beneficial results” through work done for his Senior Grant Project at Boston Arts Academy. The City Council declared Saturday, March 28, 2015, Jhair James Day in the City of Boston.

During his junior year at BAA, James conceived and implemented Pieces 4 Peace, a Community Art Gallery and Fundraiser that auctioned over 40 pieces of art and raised over $1,600 for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

Jhair with artwork from the Pieces 4 Peace exhibition

Jhair with artwork from the Pieces 4 Peace exhibition

The 40 pieces of art arose from a series of art therapy classes with survivors of victims of homicide, community members and leaders. James’ successful fundraiser provided support for Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s Rest in Peace fund, established to aid survivor families of homicide victims with costs associated with burying their loved ones.

Last December, James held a Black Lives Matter open studio at his church, Greater Love Tabernacle, to help church youth express feelings about the excessive loss of young black lives throughout the country.

James will graduate from Boston Arts Academy in June 2015 and plans on attending college in September of 2015.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about Jhair’s project at his blog: http://baaseniorproject.blogspot.com/2014/10/pieces-4-peace-pics-jhair-james.html

 

At Jhair's Pieces 4 Peace exhibition

At Jhair’s Pieces 4 Peace exhibition