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STUDENT-CURATED ART EXHIBIT CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 - Students from James Lyng High School (5440 Notre Dame W.) have organized and curated a multi-media art exhibit that celebrates the lives of African-Americans who have contributed to the fight for racial equality. The art show, entitled “The Struggle for Black Equality,” showcases visual art and music created by students from James Lyng, Westmount High School, La Maison de Jeunes de la Côte-des-Neiges and Dawson College, alongside contributions from professional street artists such as Turtle Caps, Jimmie Baptiste and Miss Me. The exhibit will open on Thursday, February 25 at the Up Next Gallery, a student-run art gallery located in the school, and will continue until March 24. “Our show is about people who have overcome racial discrimination and have done great things,” says student organizer Chad Deer. “We have received submissions from artists and musicians all over Montreal.” The Up Next Gallery opened at James Lyng High in December as part of the school’s transformation into an “Urban Arts High School.”  With support from McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education, students are offered instruction in song-writing, rapping, music production, urban dance, instrumental music and graffiti arts. In addition, visual arts and music are being integrated into more traditional academic subjects, such as French and Math. “Having urban arts in our school means allowing the students to express themselves differently, in a way that they feel comfortable doing,” says James Lyng student Kassity Jack. A vernissage for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, February 25 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. as well as from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Up Next Gallery. The event is open to the public. Info:  www.upnextgallery.weebly.com

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca