Aitina Fareed-Cooke’s beginnings may not have started off ideal. Losing her biological mother to drug abuse, dealing with low self-esteem and depression, left her feeling worthless as a child. However through the support of her adoptive mother, a few mentors, and youth programs during her teens, she was given the opportunity to strive.
Aitina learned about the “magic” of photography and film and since has started her own photo and film business, Get Fokus’d Productions, specializing in children & family portrait photography and commercial video. “My camera is my weapon of mass creativity and as the artist behind the lens I am able to capture reality’s truth with the hope to influence thought in those around me.”
Aitina also teaches youth how to use art as their weapon and voice through life’s challenges. Her desire is not only to compose compelling images and film that allow viewers to reflect on life, evoke ideas, and to construct their own stories, but also to teach and inspire the next generation with this tool of expression.
Combining original poetry and hip hop, teaching artist Aitina Fareed Cooke illustrates stories of endurance through hardships. While sharing personal and creative stories of trauma and triumph, the artist explains the power of words and how writing can be used to heal, motivate, and inspire ourselves and others.
Audience Limit: 300 performance, 30 workshop
Performance cost (single): $530.00
Workshop cost (90 minutes to less): $196.00
Performance cost (back to back): $715.00
Through the use of Apple iPad Mini’s, youth will create visual art documents that will promote self-esteem, career readiness, technology, and graphic design skills. The desired outcome of this project is that through educating youth about various technology tools used in Media Arts, it will ignite and inspire.
Audience Limit: 15
Workshop cost (90 minutes to less): $210.00