The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: E’lla Webber- Location 7

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The 49507 Project: E’lla Webber- Location 7

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

E’lla Webber

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colorful painting of a dog

 

Portrait of an old black man with a long white beard

About E’lla Webber

E’lla Webber, was born February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, MI as E’lla Luster. A world renowned artist/ black female gallery owner, remarkable, vibrant personality, painter and sculptor of renowned skill, E’lla’s work has been sought after by top celebrities while also impressing at events such as ArtPrize, Harlem Fine Arts Show, and others across America. 

E’lla mentions how art is definitely a God given talent and her prayers and answers to and from the Lord led her. As a single mom of 6, she was unable to go out and about with peers, and enjoying the fun life because she was always home taking care of her children. So, what she decided to do was utilize her time at home and start creating things with her little people. If she and her family wanted walls colorful, they would begin to paint on their bedroom walls. If they wanted to build more rooms – as a homeowner at the early age of 24 – she would go and get drywall, nails and a hammer and create whatever she wanted with her children.

During the winter of 2015, E’lla was receiving rave reviews for her remarkable sculptures that have now become staples at such gatherings as the annual ArtPrize. She was also in the tops for painting with fire during Artprizes 2017 competition. Following an acclaimed showing she began gearing up for a run at Harlem Fine Arts Show. There after, she continued to create masterpieces to show the world. E’lla considers herself to be a for-real artist! She never sticks with one medium but feel that all mediums are just as important as the next. She walks art, She talks art, She is art! “ E’lla hopes that art will continue to bleed to her children, in hopes of making a major impact to the world on how God is in full control of our lives, even through the beautiful gift of art!

In the words of E’lla, 

“As being called an ‘African American woman,’ most will consider us to be angry or with having an attitude. I consider us to be wise and aware, watchful and protective. Fierce and confident, sacrificing anything for anyone we encounter! Our black boldness will overshadow a multitude. We are not individuals to be quiet in a silent storm. We refuse to stay calm while under a furtive skin attack. We will remain boisterous and changeless. We will always have to force reclamation for our respected position on a land that we can never be accepted in nor comfortable enough to call home but yet, continue to stay in our guarded position and remain afloat. Our fight for reclamation continues to be ignored or nonexistent but yet, we still remain strong with minimal strength, trying to take back our beautiful blackness that has always been forced to cease. In all, one can never minimize my gift of art nor my God-given talent because I am a true artist as my birth name speaks volume! E’lla”

Liberation
The modern dictionary will state that liberation means, “the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.” 
As an artist we live this life daily, as we think freely, and never want to feel enclosed or locked in. We like to do as we please with no guidance or structure and it’s all done without Fear! Any indication or interruption that may interfere with our freedom, may cause us to feel controlled, we will feel things are incomplete and I can almost guarantee we will leave that situation peacefully unfinished and will no longer entertain the presence of anything uncomfortable that blocks the feeling of liberation. 

Reclamation
The English definition of  reclamation is, “The process of claiming something back or of reasserting a right.” 
As being called an “African American woman,” most will consider us to be angry or with having an attitude. I consider us to be wise and aware, watchful and protective. Fierce and confident, sacrificing anything for anyone we encounter! Our black boldness will overshadow a multitude. We are not individuals to be quiet in a silent storm. We refuse to stay calm while under a furtive skin attack. We will remain boisterous and changeless. We will always have to force reclamation for our respected position on a land that we could never be accepted and comfortable enough to call home but yet, continue to stay in our guarded position and remain afloat. Our fight for reclamation continues to be ignored or nonexistent but yet, we still remain strong with minimal strength, trying to take back our beautiful blackness that has always been forced to cease! 

In all, one can never minimize my gift of art nor my God-given talent, as my birth name speaks volume! E’lla”

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