Pangea’s AfroSocial has always been an interactive experience. Based on Atlanta’s Apache Cafe ArtMonday event, it originally began as a simple Artist/Model meetup with an Afrocentric twist. By nature, such events are already interactive but as time went on and so many others got involved in planning the AfroSocial, themes and performances became a part of an increasingly eclectic gathering that reflected a broader spectrum of elements that comprise Pangea’s Afrosensual community; elements that will be expounded upon more in the future. We never strayed from the interactivity element of the event. In fact, as more non-artists and non-photographers came out to join us, their presence was embraced as we made efforts to incorporate them into the activities. Paper and colored pencils were placed at every table as these patrons were asked to ‘#MakeTheArt’. And when Pangea’s featured muses stepped away the models’ podium for a break, all were invited to take their place for a brief instance; they were asked to ‘#BeTheArt’. This broadened the experience and made it enjoyable to all.
So much has changed for 2019. Apache Cafe ended their ArtMonday events. However they asked Pangea to stay on due to the consistent success of our AfroSocial, which reached out and engaged patrons as well as artists, photographers and models. Since the Monday program was canceled we opted to move the AfroSocial to the third Thursday of the month and for the first one in 2019 we focused on our growing community, asking them to participate by being the art. Specifically, we asked for patrons, who were ready to discover their inner MUSE, to step to the models’ podium for a 15-minute session in front our artists and photographers. They were instructed to inform us ahead of time so that we could prepare. Pangea’s Style Goddesses, Ashaunti Thompson of AWANIGHTS and Yaisa Ramirez of Sun Goddess Jewelry, prepped them for their session as they did the featured MUSE from the Garden. And while earthSista SunKissed was featured that night, it was an evening that allowed everyone to have the opportunity to join in.
These extraordinary captures from photographer James Curtis Barger reflect the success of our celebration. It proved to be such a rewarding experience that Pangea will continue to include the #BeTheArt element as an essential part of what happens at our AfroSocial.
As you look at these images, let us know what you think. As the AfroSocial for February approaches we have to ask the question: Are you bold enough to step up and #BeTheArt?
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