AJA Louden is a muralist, designer and educator working out of Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Born to a family tree with roots split between Jamaica and Canada, AJA is a child of contrast. Whether itʼs his bold, detailed freehand spray-painted portraits of figures as divergent as Jimi Hendrix and Richard Nixon, or his work using hand lettering, stylewriting and sign painting to celebrate the beauty of language and the written word, AJA uses painting as a lens through which he may more clearly see, and as a tool to help others be seen. His artwork has been shown at the AGA (Alberta Gallery of Art in Edmonton), the TU Gallery, Latitude 53, and he has participated in several annual arts festivals around Edmonton and area including Rust Magic, Kaliedo Festival, the Works, Hip Hop in the Park, and Rock the Rails.
Graffiti Writing for Embodied Literacies in Arts-based Education
As workshop learning encounter facilitator for Workshop 2 (Embodied Literacies in Arts-based Education) Louden will teach participants about the history, culture, tools and techniques of graffiti and street art. Based on his program, Aerosol Academy, his workshop will both teach the skills and techniques of graffiti and street art and introduce participants to the history of how these art forms connect to the contemporary muralism movement and art history. His workshop will provide a fresh avenue into the arts, particularly for those who don't feel connected to or have access to the artwork found in galleries or museums. Students will learn about expressive lettering through hands-on exercises, experimenting with letter bending and stylewriting, and understanding language and typography through the lens of Graffiti.