The recent viral photo of Ieshia Evans standing in peaceful protest as she is arrested by police in riot gear is reminiscent of photos from the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. The struggle for equality and respect continues in this era with the Black Lives Matter Movement. The Seattle Art Museum is hosting an exhibit called Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography on display now until January 2018. The exhibit features work from several artists including multi-platform artist, Shikeith. Sonya Green spoke with Shikeith in May about his video project, #BlackMenDream.
African American artist, Kehinde Wiley, captivates audiences with his work. He’s a seasoned artist but many are meeting him for the first time through his exhibit, A New Republic, on display at the Seattle Art Museum. The Seattle Art Museum was intentional in choosing to open Wiley’s exhibit during Black History Month. They were also intentional about choosing partners to create relevant programming for the exhibit. Sonya Green spoke with SAM’s Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education + Public Programs, Regan Pro and with Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Arts Education Manager Lara Davis. Lara works with Creative Advantage, one of SAM’s community partners.