We’re very excited to announce our next art exhibit, A Mindful Path Home, at Connecticut Institute for Communities (CIFC), featuring artist Dedan Davenport’s graffiti art. The exhibit will be part of honoring National Health Center Week at CIFC’s Community Day Fair, and to celebrate the ribbon cutting of their new 8,000 square foot addition. CIFC is an invaluable resource, supporting the healthcare needs of low-income children in greater Danbury, while also offering residency programs for graduate medical education. In addition, they manage the only low-income housing coop in Western Connecticut while supporting a comprehensive Head Start program for early learners.
Dedan Davenport has always been an artist from an early age and went on to study traditional animation at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Later, he received his master’s degree in social work at Fordham and currently works as a care manager for the elderly. Through all his pursuits and education, art has always been a central focus. Originally from White Plains, NY, Davenport’s interest in graffiti art grew during the 90’s and while playing basketball on his neighborhood court. It was there he noticed a large graffiti memorial mural for a friend’s brother and found himself “getting in the zone” of creating his own graffiti murals.
Davenport gained traction exhibiting his art by participating in group shows, YMCA after school programs, and creating graffiti murals for Child’s Aid Society, 147th Block Association, and commercially for the NCAA Football Bowl Tournament. Much of his art showings are geared toward graffiti artists for a positive cause. A Mindful Path Home at CIFC, “reflects the source of the present moment, showing how we arrived at this moment, regardless of what’s in the way,” explains Davenport.
The important work that CIFC does for their community, along with Davenport’s passion to create art that reflects and gives back to community, is a perfect collaboration. “I’m impressed with the work that they do at CIFC, and their commitment toward health and community,” says Davenport. “I’m very excited to be a part of such an amazing organization in this way.”
Artist reception will be August 10th as part of Community Day at CIFC, which will also kick off a ribbon cutting commemorating their new 8,000 square foot addition, on August 11th.