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Edward Loper : African American Painter

Edward Loper : African American Painter is a film is based on a 1998 oral interview. Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware's most celebrated cultural figures. Born on the east side of Wilmington, Delaware. Loper worked for the Works Progress Administration Art Project, and then took a job at the Allied Kid leather tanning factory, where he continued painting after working hours. In the late 1940s he became a full-time art instructor and painter.

Black Art Worlds with SeeBlackWomxn

Are Black creatives just grinding in the art world or do they have any influence in the expansion and future thought of Black narratives? Join us on April 14 for the second program in partnership with SeeBlackWomxn. This conversation dives into the power dynamics of art between artists, art schools, museums, curators, and the selection process that defines what art "is." . SeeBlackWomxn prompts “Are we just being seen and not heard?”. SeeBlackWomxn is an esteemed collective of artists, activists, and writers raised on Black feminist theory. Their platform emphasizes self-representation, free from the stereotypical tropes assigned to Black women. This partnership unfolds through a five-part event series centering the lineage and legacy of Black women and the contemporary Black Arts scene, and features the voices of collective cofounders Tahirah Rasheed, Angela Hennessy, Dana King, and Jamani Montague. Dana King is a classical figurative sculptor who creates public monuments of Black Bodies in Bronze. She studies the strength and resilience of African descendants and creates pieces made of clay with her hands that are then cast in bronze. She believes sculpture provides an opportunity to shape culturally significant memories that determine how African descendants are publicly held and remembered. King’s public sculptures are located at the Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, in New Haven, CT, Berkeley, CA and soon, her latest bronze of Huey Newton, Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party will be installed in West Oakland, California. King is Chair of the Community Engagement Committee at the Oakland Museum of California where she has been a trustee for 8 years. She is also a co-founder of SeeBlackWomxn. Tracy Brown is a Photographer, Interdisciplinary visual artist, curator, artivist, and San Francisco native. She received her MA in Arts Politics from Tisch at New York University and has spent more than a decade photographing funerals and memorials all over the world. Tracy’s work has been exhibited at the CAAM, The MOAD, SOMArts, The AAACC, and private galleries and public art venues in places like Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, and Beijing. She co-curated the Smoke and Mirrors exhibition. Her independently curated show Same Game Different Smokers: A look at Tobacco Industry’s Effect on Black Lives and Black Lungs was on view at the San Francisco Main Library for an extended run in 2020. Most recently, Tracy served as the San Francisco African American Cultural District representative in the seeding reciprocity grant trainers program as well as the curator for the Ancestral Souls Rising Global Memorial dedicated to people of African descent who have died from or during the time of COVID-19. Lisa Dent is an advocate for living artists and cultural workers. Her background includes work in film, theater and the visual arts as a curator, gallerist, writer, production designer and creative producer. She is the Executive Director of Artspace New Haven, a nonprofit for contemporary art. Previously, Dent was the Director of Resources & Award programs at Creative Capital. Dent was a Helena Rubenstein Fellow at the MoMA and held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. From 2004-08, Dent owned Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco where she presented the work of emerging and mid-career international artists. Dent received her BFA from Howard University, her MFA from NYU, and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in curatorial studies. Rosie Gordon-Wallace is a recognized curator, arts advocate, community leader, and pioneer in advancing contemporary diaspora art. She founded the Diaspora Vibe Culture Arts Incubator (DVCAI) to serve as a local and global laboratory dedicated to emerging artists from the Caribbean Diaspora. In addition to her service on several prominent boards, she is an active member of the PAMM Fund for African American Art and serves on The Cultural Affairs Council for Miami Dade County and Florida’s Department of Cultural Affairs panels. Her awards include The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Third Annual Calabash Amadlozi Visual Arts Award, International Businesswoman of the Year, One of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals. Her most recent curation of Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from The Creole which closed at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture in March January 2021, opens in the Miami Design District on February 5th, 2021, and will run through May 31, 2021.

Black Artists Kevin Johnson

Black Artists Kevin Johnson

(Jazz Band Painting Acrylic Painting) Step by Step for Beginners Black Art Natural Hair Art.

From start to finish from the artist perspective. Artist using acrylic paints to create simple artwork.

April Reading Plans | It's Alot

April Reading Plans | It's Alot

100 Books I Think You Should Read Before You Die

100 Books I Think You Should Read Before You Die

PEACEFUL BLACK ART WITH FRED SANTANA X QOY PAPER | ART CLASS

Art Class is in sessions. Thanks to everyone who shared their art, hopefully this series help you to gain more exposure.

Blackathon Round 3 Announcement + Books on My Radar for Team Comtemporary/NonFiction/Literature

TEAM CONTEMPORARY/LITERATURE/NONFICTION 1. Maisy Card: a book that takes place over one character’s life span or an intergenerational narrative 2. Patsy: 2 queer characters embark on a journey together, bonus points if it’s a tangible journey such as a road trip 3. Nnedi Okorafor: a disabled character embarks on a journey or a book by a disabled Black author 4. Group book: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin **Caveat - at least one of the books must be a non US/UK setting

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