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JULY 30 , 2015 

 

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FACES OF DIVERSITY AT STUDIO 345 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – (JULY 30, 2015) – Faces of Diversity, an international art enterprise that breaks down stereotypes using art, today announced that, Robert Bush ASC President and founder of Studio 345, was selected as Studio 345 “Face of Diversity”.

Artist Edwin Gil launched an anti-bullying initiative with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) Character Development Department called Faces of Diversity. 

Robert Bush, ASC President and founder of Studio 345, was selected as Studio 345 “Face of Diversity”” due to his unending passion for art in the community. He truly cares about bringing diversity, inclusion, and opportunities to students of all ages. He raises awareness for ASC and bridges the gap between the arts and the community at large. Robert has the ability to create, build, and foster relationships among all stakeholders and helps develop a passion for arts not only with ASC but with all arts in Charlotte.

Anyone interested in seeing the final upcycling portrait of Robert Bush (Faces of Diversity) can visit Spirit Square anytime between July 30th-December 1st, 2015. The portrait is located in Gallery Studio 345 on the first floor.

As part of CMS’ Making It Better initiative, Faces of Diversity encourages dialogue and sensitivity among students, staff, and the community through art. It is an opportunity to reaffirm a sense of unity among schools and communities.

Artist Edwin Gil  Edwin Gil gave them each a piece of 8 inch square glass to be painted using a memory. Students were taught the techniques of glass painting, including how painting on glass requires them to start from front to back, different from painting on canvas. These glass panels surround the mosaic portrait.

For more information on Faces of Diversity, visit www.EdwinGil.com/facesofdiversity, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/facesofdiversity or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/facesdiversity

About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through hands on art activities and thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity and connection among diverse groups by demonstrating how our differences should be respected and celebrated. Contemporary, conceptual artist, Edwin Gil, shares his personal story of triumph over tragedy, leads workshops, and creates a large 8’ X 8’ piece of artwork using participant thumbprints. The ‘face of diversity’ is gifted to each participating organization and serves as a reminder that our collective strength comes from our individual talents and unique personalities.

About Studio 345: Studio 345 is a free out of school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school. Providing unique experiences for high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Studio 345 fosters a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Taught and mentored by professional working artists, students gain invaluable experiences enabling them to become creative risk-takers and craftsmen while growing emotionally, intellectually, and artistically.