Artist Patrick "Patcasso" Hunter, and the Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, are partnering with TDS Telecom to host a Black History Month Night on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. CST at Oshkosh Arena.
Each player on the Wisconsin Herd team, will play in a specialty jersey designed by Patcasso with a painted portrait of legends. The 13 living and past legends include: Bessie Coleman, Frederick Douglass, Paul “Showtime” Gaffney and Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, Vice President Kamala Harris, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Earl Lloyd, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, Dr. Tommie Smith, Harriet Tubman, Reggie Van Lee, Madam C.J. Walker and Booker T. Washington. Read more about these legends’ accomplishments here.
The jerseys feature a traditional African Kente cloth design turned into a circuit board throughout the piping, numbers and lettering to showcase the intersection of Art within Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). The connection to promoting STEAM comes from the artist Patcasso who is an engineer by day and a STEAM ambassador for STEAM Revolt!, which is a 501c3 established to drive self-actualization in underrepresented communities with a focus on changing perceptions of STEAM careers using a mix of Tech, Arts and Pop culture.
At the game, Patcasso and DJ Steady Rock will perform a halftime show. Patcasso will honor a living legend by taking a blank canvas and turning it into a work of art in minutes to a custom music track by DJ Steady Rock.
Living legends and special VIP Guests planning to attend the game include: Paul “Showtime” Gaffney, Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, Dr. Tommie Smith, Reggie Van Lee, Kevin Lloyd (Earl Llyod’s son), Harold Lefty Williams and his son Elisha “EJ” Williams, and NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. All of the living legends in attendance will be recognized for their accomplishments and the impact they have made at the completion of the halftime performance. To honor them, they will each receive a custom jersey with their name, number and portrait on the jersey.
Afterwards, the portraits will be displayed in the Gail F. Steinhilber Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) for the duration of the month to continue to honor Black History.
Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter will also conduct a STEAM Revolt Creativity Summit for the students at Perry Tipler Middle School in Oshkosh Wisconsin on February 6, 2023. The Creativity Summit focuses on influencing and encouraging students to pursue a career in STEM; while leading with the arts to unlock the doors of STEM education. STEAM Revolt prides itself in allowing students to gain skills in the areas of character building which also impacts self-esteem, promotes collaboration, and encourages creative problem solving.
This effort will bridge the gap in education and employment by leveraging hands-on and collaborative learning to enable and inspire tomorrow's creative problem solvers through training, mentoring, policy exposure and professional development opportunities.
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By day, Patrick Hunter is a Technology Consultant in the Tech Industry based in Dallas / Fort Worth. By night, Patrick assumes the identity of Patcasso, a nationally recognized live performance painter. Patcasso is a STEAM Ambassador that travels the world unveiling a world of intrigue, emerging technologies, and careers that connect all disciplines of the Arts with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
He choreographs paint strokes to music creating dynamic visual performances that captivate his audiences. Many have seen him perform live turning a blank canvas into icons such as MLK, Hank Aaron, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Ray Charles in minutes to a diverse genre of music for the Atlanta Braves, Sundance Film Festival and the Steve Harvey talk show.