When Hakim-Rashid walked into the Pour Your Art Out (PYAO) studio at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, he was quiet and reserved. By the end of the PYAO Apprenticeship, he was confident, celebrated by his peers, and presented with the 2017 “Spirit of Growth” Award.
Hakim participated in the DC Department of Employment Services’ Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) through Sasha Bruce Youth Work. Over the summer, Sasha Bruce partnered with Arts on the Block in creating a space for apprentice artists to experience a unique and effective combination of job readiness and art/design skills-building. Throughout the six-week program, PYAO Apprentices interfaced with real-world clients who commissioned them to create beautiful works of art that will be installed in public spaces. Hakim Rashid was an invaluable team member in creating a commissioned mosaic for Sasha Bruce.
“His confidence has markedly increased! It was so WONDERFUL to see him celebrated for his gifts!”- Hakim’s father
Teaching artists, Athena Corbin and Adjoa Burrowes were impressed by Hakim Rashid’s consistent, professional attitude in arriving to the apprenticeship on time and ready to work, without fail. His manner and willingness toward creative collaboration with peer artists, earned him a nomination for a Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) “Spirit of Growth” award. Hakim was also nominated for the award because, “…Once given a task he was laser focused and did not get distracted…”. His focus and commitment to his craft also gave him an edge in creating the winning design for the 2017 Summer PYAO t-shirt.
Each year MBSYEP partners with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) to ensure that the youth of the District of Columbia are exposed to the vibrant arts and humanities careers that account for nearly 23,000 jobs of its economy. During the program, CAH received accolades for many of the participants and chose to recognize exceptional youth at the closing showcase, an event held on the last day that brings host sites together to show off their hard work.
CAH chose to grant three awards at the showcase: Spirit of Vision, Spirit of Leadership, and Spirit of Growth. Each recognition exemplified qualities demonstrated by the shining stars of Washington, DC. CAH was proud to present Hakim-Rashid Abdul-Malik the Spirit of Growth award for his professional attitude, commitment to his craft, focused hard work, and ability to push through difficult experiences.