Sanyu Kalyesubula, the nine-year-old artist who submitted her Mae Jemison inspired art piece in the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Black History Month Art Contest last month has won. Sanyu Kalyesubula was notified that she was the winner amongst the third-grade entries on February 27th.
Sanyu Kalyesubula submitted her artwork the week prior after participating in her first art exhibit at Sol Plaza Boutique Mall in Lancaster. Sanyu Kalyesubula was the youngest youth artist that participated in the Black History art exhibit at Sol Plaza. She was also the youngest entrepreneur vending at the Black History Month celebration. Sanyu Kalyesubula sold items from her business Sanyu’s World and her cold press juice company she co-founded last September with her six-year-old brother Ali Kalyesubula.
The winning piece submitted in the contest held by the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation was a painting of an African American female astronaut flying in space that Sanyu Kalyesubula says is Jemison. Kalyesubula who is homeschooled learned about Jemison during her studies. Jemison was the first Black woman to travel into space.
Students in grades 2-6 submitted artwork that celebrated the achievements of notable Black figures. The entries were judges on artistic ability, coloring skills as well as creativity.
The kidpreneur best known for her businesses Sanyu’s World and Food For My Babies will be at American Legion Post 311 this Sunday, March 14 from 9-3 pm selling her artwork and juice with her brother.