Art exhibition celebrating Black culture now on display at Burbank IKEA

Art exhibition on display at IKEA

The All Artists Have a Seat at the Table exhibition is on display at the IKEA store in Burbank. Read more…

Watch Live – Good Day LA | March 11th

📺 Get ready! Tune in to watch Good Day LA on Monday, March 11th for a special live broadcast featuring the artists from the All Artists Have A Seat At The Table campaign, presented by IKEA.

This four-part segment will air every hour starting at 7:00 AM (Zoie Noelle), 8:00 AM (Jennia Fredrique Aponte), 9:00 AM (Karen Gibson-Roc), & 10:00 AM (Robert E. Hansen). To learn more, visit link in bio.

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IKEA LA partners with non-profit organization(s)

IKEA LA has partnered with the amazing non-profit organization, Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) for our 3rd installment of “All Artists Have A Seat At The Table”. The collaboration aims to amplifying the critical importance of inclusivity and diversity in the world of arts.

Our collaboration has brought together six acclaimed Black artists who have lent their creativity and vision to transform our popular IVAR and TARVA products to create one-of-a-kind art pieces. Each piece is a testament to their individual style, culture, and story, offering a fresh and innovative perspective on our products.

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PAFF Partnered with IKEA to Present ‘All Artists Have a Seat at the Table’ Exhibit | PHOTOS

February 14, 2024

PAFF Partnered with IKEA to Present New Exhibit: All Artists Have a Seat at the Table - Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
All Artists Have a Seat at the Table Signage: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

*(Los Angeles, CA) The non-profit organization,Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) is thrilled to announce its continued partnership with the global brand IKEA.

The two came together to amplify the creative brilliance of Black artists from around the world as they unveil the 3rd installment of “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” a unique campaign that not only shines a light on fine Black Art but also inspires collaboration in unlikely places while showcasing artists behind the work.

The 2024 campaign launched February 8, at 6:00 pm with a red carpet opening and reception at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 2nd floor, inside the Museum of African American Art.

This glamorous event marked the official unveiling of the “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” furniture presented by IKEA including a panel discussion by some of its featured artists.

The annual event boasts an array of art lovers, film enthusiasts, and some of Hollywood’s top A-listers observing the beautiful artwork, and shopping for unique pieces to add to their collections.

PAFF Partnered with IKEA to Present New Exhibit: All Artists Have a Seat at the Table Panel: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
All Artists Have a Seat at the Table Panel: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

PAFF has curated a special group of artists who displayed their brilliance by turning wooden dining furniture provided by IKEA, into colorful pieces of functional fine art. Each one-of-a-kind piece will showcase the style and culture of the artists, while also celebrating a brand that has serviced the home décor needs of families across the nation for many years.

The remarkable initiative was birthed from the creative collaboration between PAFF Head of Marketing- Marc Brogdon, Creative Director- Kelcey Newman, Artistic Director- Allohn Agbenya, and the highly motivated, culturally conscious team at IKEA.

Marc Brogdon shared the festival’s overarching theme for its 32nd edition, “PAFF Inspires.” He emphasized the profound connection between art and inspiration, stating, “The art of people is a true reflection of their soul and inspiration,” echoing an African proverb that underscores how the stories and creativity showcased at PAFF provide insight into the spirit and inspiration of African people.

IKEA and PAFF Team Members: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
IKEA and PAFF Team Members: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

PAFF has curated a special group of artists who displayed their brilliance by turning wooden dining furniture provided by IKEA, into colorful pieces of functional fine art. Each one-of-a-kind piece will showcase the style and culture of the artists, while also celebrating a brand that has serviced the home décor needs of families across the nation for many years.

The remarkable initiative was birthed from the creative collaboration between PAFF Head of Marketing- Marc Brogdon, Creative Director- Kelcey Newman, Artistic Director- Allohn Agbenya, and the highly motivated, culturally conscious team at IKEA.

Marc Brogdon shared the festival’s overarching theme for its 32nd edition, “PAFF Inspires.” He emphasized the profound connection between art and inspiration, stating, “The art of people is a true reflection of their soul and inspiration,” echoing an African proverb that underscores how the stories and creativity showcased at PAFF provide insight into the spirit and inspiration of African people.

The centerpiece of this year’s campaign is the stunning transformation of IKEA’s wooden furniture into exquisite works of art. Continuing from 2022 into 2023, the Los Angeles area IKEA collaborated with PAFF to present a remarkable wooden furniture exhibition, featuring pieces customized by renowned artists.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Jennia Fredrique Aponte: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Kelcey Newman unveiled the thought process behind selecting the original idea of the IKEA dining set as the canvas, explaining, “We initially chose a dining set because it is a universally natural place for gathering.” IKEA selected this particular table and chairs because they are made of sustainable wood and are often seen as easily customizable, the perfect blank canvas for this project.

“This campaign celebrates artistic voices from diverse disciplines worldwide and promises to be an unforgettable cultural experience,” said Kevin Matthews, Country Area Marketing Manager from IKEA. “These artists have infused their unique styles into these wooden canvases, resulting in a breathtaking display of creativity and innovation.”

Milton Bowens: A native of Oakland, California, whose mixed media paintings envelope viewers, making them witnesses, participants, and long-lost relatives. His work has been a part of course studies on the Harlem Renaissance at Cornell University since 2009. Hot Seat- The Redefinition artwork.

Milton Bowens, Hot Seat-The Redefinition: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Milton Bowens, Hot Seat-The Redefinition: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Daphne P. Burgess: An African American artist residing in the Sacramento region, known for her exhibitions at prestigious venues like Crocker Art Museum and the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Fresno. Her Ivar Chair, artwork is entitled Mud Cloth- A Tribute to Color, Pattern, & Texture.

Daphne P. Burgess, Mud Cloth- A Tribute to Color, Pattern and Texture: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Daphne P. Burgess, Mud Cloth- A Tribute to Color, Pattern and Texture: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Robert E. Hansen: A former visual merchandiser/event producer who reinvented himself as a visual designer, creating digital art that continually surprises and captivates. His work invites observers to take a closer look and discover hidden surprises. The Founder’s Cabinet- 5 drawer cabinet honors PAFF Founders, actor Danny Glover, the late Ja’Net DuBois, and Ayuko Babu, Executive Director.

Robert E. Hansen: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Robert E. Hansen: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder's Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder’s Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder's Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder’s Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder's Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Founder’s Chest: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Zoie Noelle Brogdon: A contemporary artist whose distinctive voice mirrors the perspective of a young 19-year-old Black girl navigating life in challenging times. The inspiring artwork submitted is entitled MUWA LISA.

Zoie Noelle Brogdon: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Zoie Noelle Brogdon: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

Karen Gibson Roc: Focusing on textile art, Gibson utilizes traditional quilting and hand-stitching techniques to create works woven into the furniture. Royalty is represented; her artwork is entitled The Queen Chair.

Karen Gibson Roc: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Karen Gibson Roc: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

This year PAFF Artfest, presented by IKEA, is also proud to honor award-winning, internationally collected sculptor Woodrow Nash. The long-time PAFF exhibitor will present a first look at new sculptors, characterized by mystery and charisma, exploring the masculine and feminine form, revealing the essential “spirit” of man. He describes his current body of work as “African Nouveau,” which combines African and European influences in a captivating way.

Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson
Woodrow Nash Fine Art: Photo Credit, Ricky Richardson

In addition to celebrating these exceptional artists, the PAFF Arts Festival will host over 70 renowned artists and craftspeople from all corners of the world. Showcasing an array of amazing works, including art, collectible furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other one-of-a-kind items, the PAFF Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of creativity, diversity, and the power of artistic expression.

For more information about the 32nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival, visit https://www.paff.org The festival continues till Monday, February 19, 2024, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Cinemark BHC.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California-based writer, music reviewer, and photographer. Contact him via: liltampared@netzero.net   

All Artists Have A Seat At The Table – Press Release 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 5, 2024

Pan African Film + Arts Festival in Partnership with IKEA Presents the Red-Carpet Opening Night Launch of the 3rd Installment of the “All Artists Have a Seat at The Table” Campaign

Los Angeles, CA – The non-profit organization, Pan African Film + Arts Festival (PAFF) is thrilled to announce its continued partnership with the global brand IKEA. The two will come together to amplify the creative brilliance of Black artists from around the world as they unveil the 3rd installment of “All Artists Have a Seat at The Table” a unique campaign that not only shines a light on fine Black Art, but also inspires collaboration in unlikely places, while showcasing the artists behind the work. The 2024 campaign will launch February 8, at 6:00 pm with a red carpet opening and reception at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. This glamorous event will mark the official unveiling of the “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” furniture presented by IKEA including a panel discussion by some of its featured artist. The annual event will boast an array of art lovers, film enthusiast, and some of Hollywood’s top A-listers observing the beautiful artwork, and shopping for unique pieces to add to their collections.

PAFF has curated a special group of artists who will display their brilliance by turning wooden dining furniture provided by IKEA, into colorful pieces of functional fine art. Each one-of-a-kind piece will showcase the style and culture of the artists, while also celebrating a brand that has serviced the home décor needs of families across the nation for many years.

The remarkable initiative was birthed from the creative collaboration between PAFF Head of Marketing – Marc Brogdon, Creative Director – Kelcey Newman, Artistic Director – Allohn Agbenya and the highly motivated, culturally conscious team at IKEA.

“This campaign celebrates artistic voices from diverse disciplines worldwide and promises to be an unforgettable cultural experience”, said Kevin Matthews, Country Area Marketing Manager from IKEA, “These artists have infused their unique styles into these wooden canvases, resulting in a breathtaking display of creativity and innovation.”

The “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” campaign is supported by Senator Lola Smallwood-Cievas, “I am honored to be a co-host of the Pan African Film Festival’s ArtFest Opening! The arts are crucially important to the cultivation of our community and the enrichment of our souls. On behalf of the 28th California State Senatorial District, we give thanks for the founders and organizers of PAFF and their commitment to uplifting people through African and the Diaspora artistic immersion,” said Senator Smallwood-Cuevas.

Meet The 2024 “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table” Artists:

Jennia Fredrique Aponte: An artist hailing from Gary, Indiana, known for her intricate paper mosaics that pay homage to Black dancers and forgotten icons. Each piece is crafted using rare, recycled, and handmade paper collected from her travels.

Milton Bowens: A native of Oakland, Calif., whose mixed media paintings envelop the viewer, making them a witness, participant, and long-lost relative. His work has been a part of course study on the Harlem Renaissance at Cornell University since 2009.

Daphne Burgess: An African American artist residing in the Sacramento region, known for her exhibitions at prestigious venues like the Crocker Art Museum and the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Fresno.

Robert E. Hansen: A former visual merchandiser/event producer who reinvented himself as a visual designer, creating digital art that continually surprises and captivates. His work invites observers to take a closer look and discover hidden surprises.

Zoie Noelle Brogdon: A contemporary artist whose distinctive voice mirrors the perspective of a young 19- year-old Black girl navigating life in challenging times.

Karen Gibson: Focusing on textile art, Gibson utilizes traditional quilting and hand stitching techniques to create works woven into the furniture.

This year PAFF Artfest, presented by IKEA, is also proud to honor award-winning, internationally collected sculptor Woodrow Nash. The long time PAFF Art exhibitor will present a first look at new sculptors created specifically for this year’s festival. Nash’s sculptures, characterized by mystery and charisma, explore the masculine and feminine form, revealing the essential “spirit” of man. He describes his current body of work as “African Nouveau,” which combines African and European influences in a captivating way.

In addition to celebrating these exceptional artists, the PAFF Arts Festival will host over 70 renowned artists and craftspeople from all corners of the world. Showcasing an array of amazing works, including art, collectible furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other one-of-a-kind items, the PAFF Arts Festival is a vibrant celebration of creativity, diversity, and the power of artistic expression.

About the PAFF Team
Marc Brogdon, shared the festival’s overarching theme for its 32nd edition, “PAFF Inspires.” He emphasized the profound connection between art and inspiration, stating, “The art of a people is a true reflection of their soul and inspiration,” echoing an African proverb that underscores how the stories and creativity showcased at PAFF provide insight into the spirit and inspiration of African people.

The centerpiece of this year’s campaign is the stunning transformation of IKEA’s wooden furniture into exquisite works of art. Continuing from 2022 into 2023, Los Angeles area IKEA collaborated with PAFF to present a remarkable wooden furniture exhibition, featuring pieces customized by renowned artists.

Kelcey Newman unveiled the thought process behind selecting the original idea of the IKEA dining set as the canvas, explaining, “We initially chose a dining set because it is a universally natural place for gathering.” IKEA selected this particular table and chairs because they are made of sustainable solid wood and are often seen as easily customizable, the perfect blank canvas for this project.

About the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF)
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1992 by Hollywood veterans Danny Glover, the late Ja’Net DuBois, and Ayuko Babu. PAFF is dedicated to promoting Black stories and images through the exhibition of film, visual art, and other creative expressions. As the largest Black History Month event in the U.S., PAFF showcases over 200 new high-quality Black films from around the world. The festival takes place annually in South Los Angeles and is an Oscar-qualifying film festival.

About IKEA
At IKEA, the vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people by offering well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. Ingka Group (Ingka Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) is one of 12 different groups of companies that own and operate IKEA retail under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V. Ingka Group has three business areas: IKEA Retail, Ingka Investments and Ingka Centres. Ingka Group is a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 389 IKEA stores in 32 countries – including 51 retail locations in the U.S.   For more information on IKEA U.S., see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Pan African Film + Arts Festival is an Oscar-qualifying film festival and the largest Black History Month event in the U.S., PAFF remains dedicated to celebrating Black stories and creativity. This industry staple is not to be missed.

For more information about the festival, to purchase tickets, and to RSVP for the red-carpet opening, please visit paff.org. For press inquiries, interviews, or further information, please contact:

Girl in Charge Public Relations (GICPR)
Amy Malone, Certified Public Relations Specialist Pan African Film and Arts Festival Email: amy@gicpublicrelations.net Phone: 909-320-8602 Office
323-972-4081 Mobile

Follow PAFF on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/panafricanfilmfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/paffnow
Instagram: instagram.com/paffnow

PAFF and IKEA Unveil the Third ‘All Artists Have a Seat at The Table’ Campaign

PAFF and IKEA launch the third ‘All Artists Have a Seat at The Table’ campaign, celebrating Black artists globally and transforming IKEA furniture into unique art pieces.

BNN Correspondents02 Feb 2024 00:03 EST

PAFF and IKEA Unveil the Third 'All Artists Have a Seat at The Table' Campaign

In a move that underscores the power of art and its ability to traverse boundaries, the Pan African Film + Arts Festival (PAFF) is joining forces with global furniture giant, IKEA. The two entities are primed to launch the third chapter of their initiative, ‘All Artists Have a Seat at The Table,’ a campaign meticulously designed to spotlight and exalt the creative genius of Black artists globally.

The official unveiling of the campaign is set to create ripples in the art world on February 8, 2024, at 6:00 pm. A red carpet event, followed by a reception at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, California, will mark the commencement of the initiative. The event is expected to draw art aficionados, film enthusiasts, and Hollywood’s glitterati who will get a chance to browse through and acquire unique art pieces.

Transforming the Mundane into the Marvelous

In a unique twist, PAFF has handpicked a series of artists to morph wooden dining furniture from IKEA into vibrant, functional fine art. These masterpieces, each resonating with the artist’s distinctive style and cultural lineage, serve as a testament to the transformative power of art. Among the selected artists are Jennia Fredrique Aponte, Milton Bowens, Daphne Burgess, Robert E. Hansen, Zoie Noelle Brogdon, and Karen Gibson.

The campaign will also honor the monumental work of sculptor Woodrow Nash, whose art is a distinctive blend of African features with European aesthetic techniques. Nash’s work is a testament to the fusion of cultures, and his contribution to the art world is unparalleled.

World-renowned artists have transformed Ikea dining pieces into one-of-a-kind designs in celebration of 30 years of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) will present, “All Artists Have a Seat at the Table,” a new and innovative art program sponsored by Ikea in celebration of 30 Years of PAFF.  

Under the direction of PAFF Art Director Allohn Agbenya, five esteemed artists are contributing their creativity to revamp an IKEA dining set. The furniture has been transformed into individual pieces of art inspired by the theme: PAFF 30, PAFF Roots.  

The pieces were previously on display at four Ikea stores throughout Southern California and will be viewable at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza from Thursday, April 21, through Sunday, May 1.   

This piece is part of the display, “All Artists Have A Seat at the Table.” (PAFF)

Marc Brogdon, PAFF marketing director, said, “One of my favorite African Proverbs says, ‘A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.’ Utilizing our artists and Ikea wooden furniture to create powerful artwork is the perfect symbolism of our deep-rooted connection to the community.”    

“All Artists Have a Seat at the Table,” is a celebration of PAFF and the artistry showcased over the years. For more than three decades, PAFF has united folks across the diaspora—creating an inspiring platform for the partnership with Ikea.  

 “The dining table is the universal space for gathering, our sustainable and accessible furniture provided the perfect blank slate for the artists to illustrate PAFF’s rich legacy and commitment to bringing people together to share the Black experience,” shared Kevin Matthews, Ikea U.S. regional marketing manager.  

“As the leader in life at home, we want to celebrate the importance of home and the role it plays for the many. This work naturally demonstrates our core value of togetherness in a vibrant and unique way.”   

Artists used Ikea’s wooden furniture to symbolize connections in the Black community. (PAFF)

“As a curator and art director, I selected artists for the IKEA Project whose works of art present an array of diasporic characteristics that borrow from the broad field that is our celebrated history & traditions,” said Agbenya.  

“Africa and her global artistic roots and outreach have been influential on every continent. Rich in texture, proverbial wisdom, beauty, and evolutionary flow.”   

The participating artists include Agbenya, a contemporary artist whose roots celebrate the fibers and cultural pride of West Africa and beyond. Born in Ghana, he now resides in Los Angeles.  

Sandra Zebi is an artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who came to Los Angeles in 1986, intrigued and inspired by the cultural diversity that the city has to offer.   

Marvin Obasogie Aimiuwu started drawing and painting as a child in Nigeria, studied fine art in college, and has pursued artwork full time since coming to the United States.   

Aziz Diagne is a multi-media artist from Senegal, West Africa. He grew up amid the traditional art forms of his homeland including rock carving, ceramic and wood sculpture, murals, tapestry, and Thiesoise (reverse painting on glass).   

Charles A. Bibbs, a native son of Southern California, is an internationally acclaimed artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has made a significant impact on contemporary arts.   

The full program for the 30th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival will take place in person and virtually, April 19 – May 1, in Los Angeles at its flagship venues the Directors Guild of America, Cinemark Baldwin Hills and XD and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.