Poster Places In Library Contest
NOCCA is proud to share the news that Level I Visual Art student, Aria Davis (pictured above), won second place for New Orleans Public Library Black History Month Poster Contest.
The contest’s theme, “Inspired to Succeed,” encouraged Aria to create a poster that empowered young African American males to achieve high education. Davis’s poster tells the story of an African American boy, who achieves the task of being a lawyer.
Aria was inspired to create this work of art by her grandfather, who was one of the first African American doctors in New Orleans, and her mother, a lawyer.
Aria wanted this poster to represent a positive image of the African American man.
“I wanted to make the person in focus of the picture a man because there are so many negative thoughts about the black male,” said Aria .“I wanted to depict through my art the black male, who wants to graduate from high school, who wants to graduate from college, who wants to be this really big thing to help his community.”
Aria sees herself in her drawing. “I work so hard, I can relate to it. I am exhausted, but I have these big dreams to accomplish.”
Aria’s reward includes a $50 gift card. In addition, her poster will be on display in New Orleans Public Libraries across New Orleans.