Black History Month/ Black Futures Month

The folks at the Northwest African American Museum have the right idea: change things up for Black History Month 2018. It's time to rename February Black Futures Month.

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I went to Amazon recently to share images from You're Not From Around Here, Are You?, my ongoing art exhibit at NAAM. Members of the Black Employees Network welcomed me to the Expressions Lab, an employee space for art classes. Favorite moment: when an audience member confided his personal connection to a safe space highlighted in the Safety Zone chalkboard installation.

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I also visited the Summit Library to provide an art-making space during the African American Read-In. More accurately, I prepped the collage space and got out of the way: the visitors' enthusiasm did most of the work for me.

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Hands-down favorite Read-In moment: when the event coordinator showed me the altered book she'd been inspired to create, after seeing the altered books in my exhibit.

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And I'm so grateful for the personal stories people shared with me during the Family-Focused Collage workshop I taught at NAAM. The paint was flying, people were laughing... thank goodness one of the students urged us to take a class picture so we'd have that mememto.

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I'm having the time of my life, during what may be the busiest February of my life. But it's not over yet: on February 25th, NAAM is hosting my artist talk with Intisar Abioto of The Black Portlanders photography blog! More details here. We're looking forward to sharing our work and our perspectives with you!