Santa Fe, N.M.â€”September 16, 2011â€”Hip-hop artist Bukue One led a workshop on graffiti art Sept. 13 at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The workshop was part of the universityâ€™s 2011â€“2012 Artists for Positive Social Change series, which focuses on hip-hop as a major influence on todayâ€™s culture and highlights hip-hop artists who push the boundaries of their medium. Bukue One, a leader in the world of hip-hop music and graffiti art, is globally recognized for his innovative and influential work, commitment to positive messages, and contributions to social change in his community.
â€œBukue is an artist who maintains a very high standard of ethics in his work and is aware of his responsibility as a performer,â€ said David Scheinbaum, chair of the Photography Department and leader of this yearâ€™s series. â€œAs a university, we wanted to bring to our students not only talented figures to emulate, but also artists who consciously and creatively bring a positive message to our youth. Bukue does this through his music, his art and his own engagement with community and kids.â€
Bukue, a performer and graffiti artist as well as the manager of hip-hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien, led a workshop focused on how to create a â€œburner,â€ or a big wall of graffiti. Bukue explained how to select optimal lettering, color and layout for large surface graffiti design. The workshop included the creation of a graffiti project on a wall near campus.
â€œForrest Thomas, owner of Thomas Properties, generously allowed our students to use the back of his building at the campus exit for the graffiti workshop,â€ said Linda Swanson, chair of the Art Department. â€œTogether, Bukue One and workshop participants created a graffiti image of the letters â€˜SFUADâ€™ there. This is a wonderful example of neighborly collaboration, and we appreciate Forrestâ€™s trust and commitment to our schoolâ€™s project. We were thrilled to acknowledge this collaborative effort and the significance of the project by placing a plaque about the Bukue One graffiti workshop and Forrest Thomas on the wall alongside the art.â€
In addition to the workshop, Bukue gave a private concert to students, faculty members and staff on Monday, Sept. 12, giving students the chance to see him at work both in an academic setting and as a performer on stage.
â€œHaving Bukue at the university was a unique experience for our students and faculty members,â€ said Scheinbaum. â€œHe brought not only a wealth of practical knowledge but also a passion for and commitment to bringing about positive changes for society.â€