This Friday, March 3rd come join us for WorldBeat Center’s African American History and Herstory Exhibits Opening. This month our two themes include ‘Freedom Fighters’ by artists by Welden May and ‘Portraits of Social Conscious and Activists’ by Marsha Finelet Brook. Additional pieces by Steven Love and collective are also included.
Join us for refreshments and snacks
Gallery 1: Freedom Fighters
By artist Welden May
In hopes of re-inspiring an understanding of the injustice that was being fought for and continuing to bring awareness of these important issues to a new generation, the African American Activists exhibit is a visual reminder of the causes being fought for throughout black history and even today.
Motivated by the opportunity to portray legendary black panther activists in a modern day setting, artist Welden May researched and studied each activist before depicting them on canvas. Being touched by each one of their stories, he created thoughtful pieces using his renewed perspective.
“I wanted to do something to honor him all these years later. Even in this digital age, he is valid”- Welden on Huey Newton portrait
Gallery 2: Portraits of Social Conscience Artists and Activists
by artist Marsha Finelt Brook
“One cannot be divided or isolated from the world through the arts—art brings people together. May we have peace, kindness and equanimity.”-Marsha
Fueled by her compassion for those members of humanity who are most unspoken for, Marsha brings to life well-known artists and activists of the African American community, most who came through very troubled times and gave us tremendous inspiration and joy. They stand today as a reminder of just how much can be accomplished by artistic expression and a determination to make things better.
“When we know better ,we do better.” Maya Angelou
It is the artist’s deepest wish that these sculptures will serve to educate and create visual reminders to inspire activism in this and future generations.
Paul Robinson by Marsha Brook
Ben Veneer by Marsha Brook
Assata Shakur by Welden May
Angela Davis by Welden May
Fredrick Douglas by Stephen Love