Javaka Steptoe talked to our 3-5th grade students about Jimi Hendrix, creating collages out of many materials, and patiently answered all their questions about his work and the subjects of his work. He explained Jimi Hendrix’ childhood pains and how they probably affected his life, and his death.
Talking about The Jones Family Express, he conveyed the joy felt in the Brooklyn community, how each individual had his or her own special way about them, and how the young protagonist got ideas and assistance from folks to make something special for Aunt Carolyn.
Deeply respectful, our students walked away with a sense of how art transforms life into a song. He was a generous guest and got everyone laughing, feeling, and thinking.