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Welcoming Kah Yangni

The twenty-sixth Britt Nelson Visiting Artist

above: Yangni visited Gordon in December as part of the annual Book Fair. They gave a series of workshops for students, and gave an in-depth interview to the fifth and sixth grade newspaper

Gordon is thrilled to welcome Kah Yangni this year as the Britt Nelson Visiting Artist. They will be on campus this month, working with students in every grade level and drawing on their rich background in printmaking, illustration, murals, and art as a tool for building communities.

This was the twenty-sixth residency sponsored by the Britt Nelson Fund, which was established in 1998 to support Gordon's commitment to hands-on art education.

They will be giving two artist talks as part of their residency, directed to students but open to parents and caregivers, Thursday, February 8th at 1:35pm and Tuesday, February 13th at 2:30pm in the Wales Theater.

Yangni was most recently in the news as the illustrator of Not He or She, I’m Me, named one of four Honor Books at the American Library Association’s 2024 Youth Media Awards

Yangni makes hyper vibrant art about justice, queerness, joy, and healing – using cut up paper, drawings, and Photoshop to show a world where people are free. Their art can be found on billboards and murals, in kids books and magazines, and on bedroom walls around the world. Their art has been shared by people like Indya Moore of the television show Pose, and they’ve been covered by NBC News and Them. Their poster work is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library of Philadelphia. They’ve been awarded residencies with The On Being Project, Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Wedding Cake House. Kah’s first picture book, The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi, was released in March 2023.

Their work can be explored at www.kahyangni.com
More on the Britt Nelson Visiting Artist at www.gordonschool.org/visitingartist

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