Rell Rushin with FroGang Foundation, Inc.

Artist

Rell Rushin

Date

2021–2023

Location

Beltzhoover, Pittsburgh, PA

Organizational Partner

FroGang Foundation, Inc., with project management by Jessica Gaynelle Moss

Overview

This visual artwork by artist Rell Rushin, in collaboration with FroGang Foundation, Inc., is part of the Public Art and Communities Program. Project managed by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this work addresses the racism faced by Black women and girls in the Pittsburgh region. FroGang’s mission is to promote and create positive self images for young girls of color so that they can recognize their self worth and see beauty when they look in the mirror. Working closely with the girls of FroGang, Rushin will install a visual artwork in FroGang’s home neighborhood of Beltzhoover that seeks to affirm the importance of self-love, sisterhood, confidence, and connection.

Process

Rushin began collaborating with FroGang and project manager Jessica Gaynelle Moss in Summer 2021. Soon after, Rushin started attending FroGang’s bimonthly Successful Sister Sessions. During these sessions, FroGang works with Black girls ages 6-16 to build their self-confidence and promote sisterhood and connection. As Rushin engaged with the girls, she began to develop the concept for a collaborative artwork with positive visuals to empower both the girls of FroGang and the community at large.

This artwork will be developed with the FroGang girls over the course of 2022 and will be installed in an open lot in the neighborhood of Beltzhoover, the neighborhood in which FroGang is based. Once installed, the completed artwork will serve as backdrop for FroGang events, programs, and activities.

Ultimately, FroGang hopes that the process of creating this artwork with Rushin will help their girls build new relationships, learn what it means to collaborate creatively with an artist, and understand that their ideas are being seen and heard. The artwork itself will widen the perception of beauty and reinforce the power of sisterhood and self-love within their communities.

Online Resources

Website

Learn more about Rell Rushin and her other projects on her website.

Learn more about FroGang Foundation, Inc. on their website.

About the Artist

Rell Rushin uses a variety of mediums such as oil, acrylic, and fiber to relay her personal experiences. She primarily focuses on subjects such as beauty standards, maladaptive daydreaming, and the representation of Black people in global media. Rell is a classically trained singer and studied voice for six years at Rogers CAPA and Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Rell discovered her passion for drawing and painting when preparing her portfolio for Art and Design College.

Related

PROGRAMS

Public Art and Communities Program

This program supports the development of place-based strategies and temporary artworks in Pittsburgh communities that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address its intersection with other public health issues.

“As a Black woman I have experienced much of the same pressure to meet societal beauty standards. The breadth of my work pushes back against dominant beauty ideals, and celebrates Black hair and features. This project is inspired by my attendance at FroGang’s Successful Sister Sessions, and the work that takes place there. Being at the Successful Sister Sessions really helped me grasp the FroGang initiative beyond their mission statement.”

Rell Rushin

About the Organizational Partner

FroGang Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to promote and create positive self images for young girls of color so that they can recognize their self worth and see beauty when they look in the mirror. Based in Beltzhoover, FroGang serves Black and Brown girls, women, and femmes in the Hilltop and across Greater Pittsburgh.

Image credits

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Artist Headshot by Njaimeh Njie

Related

PROGRAMS

Public Art and Communities Program

This program supports the development of place-based strategies and temporary artworks in Pittsburgh communities that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address its intersection with other public health issues.