Monday January 20, 2014 was Martin Luther King Day of Service and The Center For Urban Youth & Family Development marked the occasion by presenting “PURE PEACE & BEAUTY ART EXHIBIT” featuring the works of emerging African American Artist Brandon Foster. ”What better tribute could we have made in commemorating the legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, than to bring cultural awareness through art to the community?” The event took place at the CUYFD Living & Learning Center located at 15827 Indiana Street on Detroit’s west side. The art exhibit took place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and was open and free to the public The art exhibit featured over 30 works of art created by artist Brandon Foster including the mural that was done while Mr. Foster was a CUYFD resident (pictured below). Brandon was recently awarded a commission from STARR Commonwealth to do a sculpture for the entry way of their Detroit facility. Brandon is a former employee of CUYFD and also an alumnus of the 2013 Step Beyond Program. Mr. Foster was recently featured in the Michigan Chronicle “Living Well Magazine” and is currently completing his junior year at the College For Creative Studies.
The art exhibit was well attended and included representatives from the University of Michigan Detroit Center - Public Allies program. Also Mr. Foster’s relatives and friends were in attendance. Several of the pieces were purchased and Brandon indicated that the funds would be used to make payments on his tuition at CCS and to purchase art supplies.