The Power Of Public Art: Artists Tackle Protests And The Pandemic

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Businesses across North Carolina boarded up windows and shops in current months in the middle of continuous demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd. For artists in cities like Asheville, Durham, Charlotte and Greensboro, these plywood panels were blank canvases, ripe for colorful street murals and visual statements of demonstration. These works of public art assistance communities and artists picture what work still needs to be done to magnify Black voices– in the art world and beyond. Host Frank Stasio talks about the role of art in social justice movements with Renee Russell, the co-founder of the Southern Arts Movement. Russell is also among the organizers of an art exhibit in downtown Graham developed to magnify the voices of Black artists. The display is on view through Aug. 29, 2020. Joining the discussion is Joseph Pearson, who was one of the lead artists in creating Ashevilles Black Lives Matter mural. Stasio also talks with Durham-based artist James Keul about a new display called “ReAwakening: Artist Practices During a Pandemic,” that checks out how the pandemic and demonstrations of 2020 have actually formed how artists do their work. The display is on view at Golden Belt in Durham through Oct. 21, 2020 and online here. This content was initially released here.