Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Black Woman Forum- Sacramento California

Brown Sugar Gallery, Life Expressions and Sojourner Truth Museum presents..... 
Black Woman Forum
                (A Celebration of Sisterhood for Women's History Month)
Forum Panel: Crystal Taylor and Roshumba Clarke

Forum Moderator: Alpha Bruton
Forum Moderator:  Toni Colley Perry

Black women Loud 1 2

Are black women loud and ghetto? Is this a stereotype? By what standard should we define ourselves?
"I believe, in dialog and sharing of our experiences, can we begin to tap into our feelings and find new ways to deliver our painful, yet triumphant victory over a terror so great that right now all we can do is Scream our truth.
Sisters come and vocalize yourself!!!!!!" ..Shonna McDaniels

Date:  March 24th, 2013
Time: 3:00 to 6:30-Panel Discussion will begin at 3:30
Location: 1001 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento CA
Special Details: Event is a potluck, please be encouraged to bring a healthy dish.
Note: To confirm your attendance, please RSVP sojomuseum@gmail.com

What solutions can we provide to each other to help sustain the future of our people?           

Our Goal is :
  • to be an important Historical and Educational resource
  • to nurture life and future leadership skills for area youth
  • to provide positive family experiences, information and nostalgia
  • to enhance accessibility to facility, programs and art.
  • To be visible and valued in the community

How can you support the Museum?

The Sojourner Truth Museum is seeking tax-deductible contributions from foundations, corporations, individuals - all who have an interest in promoting and supporting art and quality art education.

Your Support will result in a meaningful contribution to the arts and education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in the success of our outreach efforts to keep art alive in our schools and the community.

Donations should be made payable to Sojourner Truth Museum and mailed to 2251 Florin Rd #126-Sacramento, Ca. 95822
Visit our website at
www.sojoarts.net /916-320-9573


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Art Exhibit “Which Way Our Children?

An African American Perspective
Closing March 31, 2013
Daily 10AM-4PM

Chicago Temple Gallery
77 W. Washington Street, 2nd Fl.
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Co-Curators: Patricia Devine-Reed invited each artist to respond to, through our art, "What is the future for our children?"

In the 21st century, the world, along with seemingly unlimited possibilities, is open to our children and the future. Communications technologies allow instant contact, face-to-face conferencing, and networking anywhere in the world.  Other technologies enable us to utilize the sun, wind and all the powers of nature, science and history to create and build nearly anything along with sustaining a healthy, prosperous life for both people environment. A vast array of arts and religions stimulates greater creative genius and healthy souls.  Yet, well over half the children of the world cannot access these rich resources because of poverty, poor education, inadequate food, prejudice, wars and other violence.  What is the future for our children?  Can we… how do we enable our children, the world’s children, to obtain and use global resources for a just world? 

This collage was in response to a group traveling exhibition where 36 artists (12 Vancouver Canada, 12 Sacramento California, and 12 Mexico City, Mexico) responded to the theme“ENCOUNTER.”

Artist:    Alpha Bruton
Title:      The Encounter: Single Parenting
Dimensions- 36” x 36”
Mixed Media Collage on Wood, 1993

I reflected on current affairs, news of the famine in Ethiopia as being associated with and believed to be due to warfare. Looking at the images that photo journalists are documenting in LIFE Magazine, and other periodicals, the starving resemblances of babies and the American public asking the question why they are still procreating in a war time climate?  Where is the father of these starving children? Turning a blind eye, and a death ear to the genocide of a group of people; not only in Ethiopia but in the other wartime countries that are being systematically and psychologically humiliated by the enemy.

That these acts of forcible genocides are on the unborn child; committed by soldiers, other combatants or civilians during armed conflict or war or during military occupation military leaders may actually encourage their soldiers to rape civilians. War rape may occur in a variety of situations, including institutionalized sexual slavery forced upon young girls, and boys.

 The focal point in my collage is of a young girl being seduced by a glass of wine, a song, a dance, a whisper of seduction, lured into a one night stand, pre-marital creation, and another generation reproducing itself.

An embrace from a white stranger on Thanksgiving Day as a young African-American mother and child watch their home being burned, in times like these it is not a black or white, but a time to show compassion, homelessness will be the imprint on so many children in the 21st Century amongst all the technology and social growth as a nation.
Then there stands the image of Lazarus, and what comes to mind is the most powerful scripture “Jesus Wept”.


Artist:Alpha Bruton
Title:"LIKE" Young Brides-Children 1937 – 1939
Dimensions-24” x 24”
Mixed Media Collage on Wood, 2013 (a work in progress)


Finding these images for my collage was purely random. I was looking through a box of vintage LIFE Magazines dated 1936 to 1941; I selected these images because they were used in articles with caption that read: “The age of parenthood declines as young girls marry.” The content disturbed me as I turned the pages of history, and saw how off centered the moral needle was in the United States during the 30’s; Incest being the biggest taboo in our "civilized" society.

  “DIONNE QUINTUPLETS 05/17/1937.  I selected these images because the girls were  taken from their family, by the doctor that delivered them, put on display as lab rats for nine years, exploited to the tune of millions of dollars, even a tourist trade was set up around the town they were born. But, the tragedy was that the family that fought to get them back failed to protect them. They became prey to the father, and oppressed by the mother that had no time to bond with them, in order to control the money the government paid them to use their babies as a social experiment.  It is 2013, and I’m listening to a news flash where yet again a government system has failed children, as a Judge in Florida is being charged of sentencing youth to years of detention to support his lavish lifestyle at the expense of systematic abuse to hundreds of children.

 “Trends in Premarital Childbearing: 1930 to 1994, a study was done on the percentage of first births conceived out of wedlock have almost tripled since the 1930’s, according to the U.S. Census. Growth in the proportion of first births born premaritally grew five-fold, to women ages 15 to 29 the comparable figure for African American women doubled, from 43 percent to 86 percent of first births to women 15-19 years.

“STREET SHOWER 07/19/1937”, a little black girl playing in the streets, having the time of her life, while others watch on. Faceless, nameless, but as I turned the pages of the LIFE Magazine no other images of black girls, black women. So I read on and see the face of Wartime children and the caption “Wartime Childhood”, faces that are emotionless, blank stares, I wonder what has happened behind the blankness. I wonder why it takes the torture and unimaginable beating of a child to change laws in the United States to protect them from their own families which is not black or white, and why even in the 21st Century the moral compose is still not centered.


Friday, March 8, 2013

AFRO Awards 2013 Honors- Alpha Bruton

The African American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley awarded artist Alpha Bruton, as an honoree for the 2013 AFRO Awards, honoring women that give back to their communities. Bruton was noted for how she has worked with the Executive Director, providing professional development training, and connecting him to resources with the California Association of Museums. In 2012 she curated the new installation of the State Community College District Wall of Fame for the museum.
Gregory Melancon Executive Director of the Museum began the Afro Awards in 2011to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of African American Women from Fresno California who have aspired, and contributed to careers in the arts, education, health, humanities, law, nursing, science, social work, and political fields.
Alpha Bruton, pictured with lifelong friend Babette Stevenson of Fresno  CA
In 1984, the African American Historical and Cultural Museum was established to provide a vehicle for African Americans that had made significant contributions to the richness of the San Joaquin Valley. Jack Kelly Gallery features 3 cultural exhibits per year, that stay up for two months before rotating out. This gives the community an opportunity to visit the museum during Art Hop which is held the first Thursday of each month, 5-8pm, the museum is open to the public on Thursday, Fridays and Saturday, Noon - 5pm.
African American History and Cultural Museum 
of the San Joaquin Valley 1857 Fulton St Fresno, CA 93721

 Alpha Bruton- at the AAHCM- 
 Bruton is the founder, of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, 2005,
 and currently  services as the Director of the (PGCN) Board of Directors, since its incorporation in 2012.

Installation in Berlin, at the 1st International Exhibition Berlin Art Club 
Painting in the studio of Susanne in Berlin Germany 2012
Bruton completed her Masters of Art in Administration Program at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in May of 2001. Formal training in studio art, art education, dance production, theater arts, and art gallery management gives Bruton the foundation to manage art educations programs. Currently she is an artist and art consultant a teaching artist listed in the Illinois Arts Council Arts Education Program Roster, and a vendor for Chicago Public School. She is member of the OpenWall Committee of the 47th Ward, a committee that promotes artists and art organizations by hanging art on the walls of the Alderman Ameya Pawar's office.

Bruton has served  as a board member of Borderbend Arts Collective, a producer of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival, where local Chicagoans call out to artists in other cities, states, nationally and internationally to engage them in collaborative projects highlighted during Chicago Artists Month in a two- week long festival during Chicago.

Bruton’s current inspiration comes from her work in arts in wellness, and environmental art projects. After completing a six-month residency at Oak Forest Hospital, in 2002, she started to reflect upon how her work affects lives. She started her series of vibration sound narratives that teach our bodies at all levels how to have a new experience. 

Bringing us into focus with the opportunities to choose new ways to live out our lives in each new moment, they seem to mirror to us things that we have forgotten about ourselves, reminding us just how powerful we truly are in changing our reality. 

"Which Way Our Children" at the Chicago Temple, with collector, and art agent Susan Fox.  

Experiemental Art Installations and Performance Art

Borderbend Arts Collective, Inter Faith Peace Concert, Living Sculptures.
These explorations affect her personally because she is examining what transpires between the audience and the canvas. As an installation artist, she stages experiences; in her performance art, she creates an observational view for others as spectators. As in this performance art piece performed using living sculptures, created site specific at the Chicago Temple in April of 2008, each model, and music was improvised, and choreographed on location for the Interfaith Peace Concert. 
Performance Art at the Chicago Temple, 2008
Scope of the Wiki Installation 2009
 "Snow Cones" to "Snow Peas" is an Installation that was produced for the Synesthetic Plan of Chicago 2009 at the Department of Cultural Affairs Tourism Information Center. This blog is a continuation of one modules journey to various artist- spaces, and neighborhoods in Chicago. "Snow Cones" documents the mapping of street vendors, and candy stores, that provide treats for neighborhoods, during the summers in Chicago. "Snow Peas" documents the modules movement through green spaces.

Environmental Art Installations 

She will continue her exploration this summer with the MAP Gallery of Myth's, Stories, and Living Tradition in Auburn CA with the installation of "land trust", an installation. The project is co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Development Project of Northern California, Rituals and traditions a two week artist in residency May 13th - May 25th, in Placer County. 

The project has proposed to create living land trust for outdoor Altar Installations a Continuum: MAP Gallery of Myth, Stories, and Living Tradition Breathing Life into the Gallery 2013.