Friday, September 25, 2020
Black History Comes To Life Through Art
Artist Bisa Butler paints with fabric. Through stunning contemporary quilts, she crafts life-sized historical portraits of Black men, women, and children whose stories may have been forgotten or completely overlooked. Bisa’s work isn’t just awe-inspiring; it has a message and a deeper meaning that can resonate with any one of us. It’s a reminder that what we create, the stories we tell, and the heritage we pass on will live long, long after we are gone!
Bisa layers fabrics as a painter would layer pigment and pieces each element together—down to the highlight on a nose or the shading on a lower lip. This meticulous part of her artistic practice can take about 200 hours, and some of the quilts are more than seven feet long. Read more at mymodernmet.com and view Bisa’s quilted masterpieces that not only celebrate her culture but stitch a story for future generations to be proud of!
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Expanding Understanding through Virtual Lecture-Discussion Series
In order to understand the experience and perspective of others who may have a different background, listening and learning are important tools. When we listen to each other we can move towards open conversations and dialogue that can begin to heal our divisions. Prince George’s Community College is offering a series of lecture-discussions that not only offer historical and cultural context for the topic of Black culture; they will also challenge the community to think about how expanded knowledge might inform the racially charged present moment.