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Patrice

 

 

 

Bolomope

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Patrice Bolomope planting first seedlings with students of “Mystic Mamas Homeschool Collective”


The People’s Enchanted Garden is located in Pittsburgh’s Allentown. “When I first moved to the area I quickly realized I didn’t know who lived on the street or who was passing by…” Patrice Bolomope, an artist and homeschooling mother decided to create a space of beauty, learning, and community by utilizing an abandoned city lot and a start-up grant from Neighborhood Allies; “Love Your Neighbor”. The garden has colorful beds of food-bearing plants, herbs, and flowers. Space also serves as a sensory-friendly garden; tactile and vividly-scented flowers, brightly-colored walk paths and steps leading to a stage, a play area, and the beds. So many neighbors have supported the effort by donating time, resources, hydrating beverages, and seeds. Elders have stopped by to tell their invaluable stories of what the space represented for them prior to the garden, while the youth of the street contribute their laughter, inquisitiveness, and handprints.

Happy Cashew Acres

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School of Art

School of Art

Lecture Room

Lecture Room

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Workshop - cashew

Patrice cashew

Patrice cashew

Happy Cashew Acres was established in 2017 by Taiwo and Patrice Bolomope. The farm is located in Igbaja, Nigeria; 20acres of cashews, cassava, red beans, soybeans, and three varieties of corn (yellow, white, guinea). Happy Cashew Acre’s mission is to support the town in becoming self-sustainable in the areas of education, art, agriculture, energy, and economics through unique partnerships and abroad opportunities globally.

Recently, Happy Cashew Acres has donated 3 acres of land to use for the site of the local academy being built starting in December 2020. The Igbaja Arts and Science Academy will serve the local youth and allow them to use their expertise to help solve the energy and economic issues that directly affect their quality of life. A team of artists, educators, and engineers from Pittsburgh and Igbaja will work together to form a competent curriculum that will address the issues identified by the students.

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Patrice Noel      The Artist

"SunRise: Bye Niggaville" is the exhibition component of the collaborative project. Metaphysical artist Patrice Bolomope created this body of work in the spirit of balancing motherhood and being her full self simultaneously. Many of the pieces are a reflection of the emotions experienced along the path of reaching for a community. This journey led her to be the support she wished to have by building a new community and leaving a failed one behind. Through elemental magic, ancestral reverie, and the wind deity Oya this body of work was birthed. Featuring her children from The Mystic Mamas Homeschool Collective.

 

This collection of art includes 2D and 3D collages crafted with mixed media and hand-made felt.

SunRise: Bye Niggaville Art Gallery

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