BlackBook Sessions, a free and public art event and contest featuring professional artists showcasing their skills and sharing inspiring stories, recently held its 11th event at the Expo Art Center in Long Beach, Calif. The event drew more than 850 participants, many who submitted work for judging, and one art contest winner was awarded an opportunity to receive a scholarship from Westwood College.
Roughly 65 artists ages nine to 25, brought their work to the event for judging. Awards were provided to the top three artists in three age categories and the Director’s Choice award went to the overall winner.
The Directors Choice award winner now has the opportunity to receive a scholarship to Westwood College for the school of design’s visual communications program. Both BlackBook Sessions and Westwood College will fund this scholarship. The two organizations have previously awarded two other scholarships to winning students.
Through a series of enrichment programs, BlackBook Sessions introduces professional artists to students from elementary school through college. The group plans events featuring artists who share their talents through demonstrations and also interact with the crowd sharing personal accounts of their experiences in the art world and how street artists today can do incredible things for their communities.
The 11th BlackBook Sessions event included a series of participatory workshops and art demonstrations by well-known graffiti, comic book, fine art and computer artists including Jeff Mcmillan, Jeff Soto, MURAL, Munk One and MAXX242 to name a few. Demos on recycled materials in art, cupcake creations, street art and D.I.Y. clothing creations were also scheduled. The highlight of the day however, was the display and judging of winners of the BlackBook Sessions11 art contest.
“We love the excitement and enthusiasm the public has for the Black Book Sessions events,” said Chris Turen, president of Westwood College South Bay. “Even more wonderful are the great opportunities that grow out of these event. In fact, a previous BlackBook Session art contest winner recently graduated Westwood College, after receiving a scholarship as a Black Book Sessions winner and was hired by Hybrid Apparel.”
Numerous companies support the mission of the BlackBook Sessions through sponsorships and donations of time and resources including Hybrid Apparel, Art Supply Warehouse, Hart and Huntington, The Wild Ones, Famous Stars and Straps, Tilly's, SGX Media and Stussy.