New Exhibit at Cummer Museum Creates Platform around Issues of Race, Equity and Community
We cannot wait to visit the new exhibit at the Cummer Museum, LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience. LIFT, which opens today and will run through February 12, 2017, presents area contemporary artists’ responses to Jacksonville’s rich artistic African American heritage, with an emphasis on creating an artful platform to discuss issues around race, equity, and community. Using the original lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a song written by Jacksonville natives James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson in 1900 for a celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, artists Thony Aiuppy, Glendia Cooper, Ingrid Damiani, Overstreet Ducasse, Dustin Harewood, Marsha Hatcher, Hiromi Moneyhun, Princess Simpson Rashid, Chip Southworth, and Roosevelt Watson III created works that present their views about the complex state of race relations in this city and beyond.
As a community partner for this thought-provoking exhibition, we hope you will join us at the Cummer Museum on June 29th for TRUST: Creating Community Connections. In what is sure to be a memorable evening hosted by Generation W, the Cummer Museum and its Director Hope McMath, talented performance artists and panelists will lead us in a discussion around TRUST, an issue that was first addressed from the stage of Generation W this past April. During our Generation W panel discussion, we were encouraged to get comfortable with the uncomfortable, to let ourselves become vulnerable, and open ourselves up to a place where trust fills the gap separating us. Join us on the 29th as we continue to come together as a community on issues that matter to us around race, equity, and community with TRUST as the focal point.