project leader
Ieshia D
(Buckeye- Woodland)
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the project

The expression of beauty through hairstyles has been a long-standing signature of Black culture. From the "fro" to hair wraps to braids, Black women use their hairstyles as a personal expression of who they are and to show the evolution of Black culture over time. To help better understand the emotional significance hair has on Black culture and identity, one doesn't have to look too far within our Black communities to understand the effects. Each woman has her own story or "hair journey" often marked by struggles stemming back to childhood. Black culture embraces inclusiveness, but it also yearns to be heard and personally catered to. Hair images of dominant cultures in the United States has created a disconnect resulting in cultural oppression.

Through the Art of Hair Project, we will provide education and exposure to twenty (20) young African American girls ages 9-14. The project will run two- four week sessions beginning Women’s History Month in March. Professional and Volunteer stylists will coach participants and help them learn about their personal hair while engaging in “shop talk.”

The project will provide young girls with the knowledge of how hair impacts culture providing opportunities for social interaction and exposure. Hands on learning will enhance the experience. Each participant will plan and create hair styles with the assistance of stylists within the community. Each week participants will track and document their hair journey and create a portfolio that includes self-portraits and hair art projects. All photos and portraits collected will be used to create a wall hanging at the end of the project.

the steps

1. Identify community partners

2. Secure Location / Dates

3. Advertise Event

4. Recruit Participants / Volunteers

5. Purchase Supplies

6. Kick-Off

why we're doing it

Cultural Identification - Increase Self-Expression /Esteem - Support Creativity - Social-Emotional Development

This project will help young African American girls build self-awareness and creativity and a passion for cultural arts and learn artistic expression through creative ways of styling their hair. The girls will gain information pertaining to the history of black women and their hair. Participants will take pride in their artistic abilities and hair culture that has and continues to impact the world.


Disbursed budget 04.23.22

TOTAL RAISED = $930.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $13.95

Original budget:

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.

Staffing costs & stipends - $600

Art materials & Equipment - $660

T-shirt making - $710

Contracted Services for event spaces - $800

Advertisement/Marketing materials - $80

Storyteller stipend - $150

 Total: $3000




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