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Blog on Fear Of The Unknown Arts founder Anthony Russell written by Anthony Russell in collaboration with Arts Commons

In a conscious decision to shift my focus, I opted for a change in strategy. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects, I chose the path of celebration. I committed to fighting differently, directing my efforts towards speaking life and fostering an appreciation for our culture and heritage. Simultaneously, I aimed to illuminate the inherent beauty within our history, emphasizing the positive narratives that often went overlooked

Founder, Anthony Russell, doing an interview with CBC Calgary 2024
Founder, Anthony Russell, doing an interview with CBC Calgary 2024
Article on Fear Of The Unknown Arts founder Anthony Russell written by The Calgary Guardian

Growing up in Calgary my whole life, I have had the pleasure of making long-lasting connections to the community and the people in it. Although I was able to cultivate meaningful relationships, I also had to endure the pressure and stigma that came with being a young black male in a marginalized community. Because of these hardships, I have had to find ways to cope with the struggles I faced daily. Making and creating art was something I have done from a young age, so when it came time to combat these stigmas and stereotypes that I faced, art was the obvious and only way I knew how to fight against them.

Article on Fear Of The Unknown Arts founder Anthony Russell written by The Calgary Guardian
Article on Fear Of The Unknown Arts founder Anthony Russell written by CBC Calgary

Though Russell's been creating art himself since his own elementary school years, becoming an art teacher was never on the 19-year-old's radar. As the youngest child of immigrant parents, Russell said careers he'd considered growing up typically revolved around "doctor, lawyer, dentist, engineer."

Now, teaching kids art — while he's been taking a break from studying law, crime and justice at the University of Alberta — has completely changed his mind about his earlier intention to become a lawyer. 

Article on Fear Of The Unknown Arts founder Anthony Russell written by CBC Calgary

Anthony Russell, a 2020 graduate from Bishop O'Byrne High School, has created an anti-racism-inspired art collection called Fear of the Unknown that is turning heads in the local art world and in the Black Lives Matter movement.

"The reason why my exhibition is called the Fear of the Unknown is that there is a fear that comes with the way people look at us and treat us within society just because they don't know us."

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