Red, White, Blue and Black All Over

MAY 24-JULY 1, 2017

American history captures the growth and development of a young nation, its culture, and its people. That story is often shared with Blackness at its fringes, though the Black experience is very much embedded in the fabric of American culture–from inception. Blackness is about a journey, the twists and turns, to belong. It is a warped, oblong existence that is constantly tested, stretched, reshaped, and stretched again, revealing a resilience, both nuanced and kindred with each generation. Blackness represents movement and evolution. The diaspora creates a space for Black expression in its many forms because no single experience is the same. Blackness is not a monolith. Family of origin, local culture, and education play tremendous roles in shaping the black experience for each individual person of color. The Red, White, Blue, and Black All Over juried show will add to the diaspora by opening a space for Black artists to visually express those experiences as the Americans they are. We hope to see a variety of personal stories filled with hope, joy, pain, and love.

–Ida Harris and Precious Freeman

Jurors: Samuel Guilford, Ida Harris, Charly Palmer

Featured Above: Charly Palmer, America Was, acrylic on canvas

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Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.