Visualizing Health Equity for Boys and Men of Color

Strategies to Advance Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color

UConn HDI will launch several arts-based initiatives to advance health equity in CT. These events will begin in June during National Men’s Health Month and will focus initially on visualizing health equity for Boys and Men of Color. Additional details can be found below.

Why Use Art-Based Strategies?

Our work builds on initiatives like the National Academy of Science and Medicine Visualizing Health Equity Project, which recognizes the power of art to amplify creative strategies and solutions. Bringing art to the table can stimulate authentic community dialogues about health equity among boys of men of color and accelerate home grown innovations. HDI’s arts-based strategies also leverages Hartford’s rich tradition and ecosystem of arts and cultural centers such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, Amistad Center, the Artists’ Collective, Bushnell, Real Art Ways, TheaterWorks Hartford Stage and many others committed to celebrating the power of art to inspire discussion, critical social analysis and community connectedness. This strategy will help us identify and connect with statewide stakeholders to establish the CT Boys and Men of Color Multi-Sector Alliance.



Our featured artist, CBABI (Creative-Black-Artist-Battling-Ignorance) has created art for international companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, New Line Cinema and art to depict cultural icons like Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot and Prince.

In 2012, he began his 365 Days with Dad series, resulting in hundreds of images that inspire dialogue in communities about the importance of a strong foundation and support system for all children.


Visualizing Health Equity Art Contest

HDI’s first annual contest theme focuses on Visualizing Health Equity among Boys and Men in Greater Hartford. We invite you to respond to the question:

“What would a community, neighborhood, or world where boys and men of color have a fair opportunity to be their healthiest look like?” 

Visual and Non-Visual Art Welcome Who Can Participate
Drawings Residents of Connecticut
Photographs High School Students
Paintings College Students
Sculptures Community Members
Mixed Media
Spoken Word

Read the contest terms and rules before applying. Deadline: extended to October 1, 2018.

Submit Entry

Father’s Day Luncheon

CBABI will present images from his 365 Days with Dad series and discuss how he uses art to promote community dialogue about health, equity, and social justice. This event is for sons, fathers, mentors, mentees, and community members working with Boys and Men of Color in CT.

Registration required (limited to 50 seats).

Lunch provided.

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018

Where: CPTV, 1049 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Gallery Evening with CBABI Bayoc and Friends

Join CBABI Bayoc and visual artists from Connecticut as they share strong images and inspire critical dialogue to change and celebrate narratives about boys and men of color. The evening is hosted by JCJ Architecture. Free and open to the public.

Registration requested.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018

Where: JCJ Architecture, 120 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT

Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Contact Information

For more information about the upcoming Visualizing Health Equity events, email

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