“What is Racial Justice?” Closing
"Art is Business" Fran Joy Artist/Curator/Life Coach
We will have a guest speaker, a psychologist, Dr. Litesa Wallace, and former running mate to mayor Daniel Biss when he ran for governor. She will speak on the current racial climate and its psychological impact.
This has been a significant exhibit. Please let me know if you can make it by replying to this email. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Also, there have been requests from various sources for a closing event for the "What is Racial Justice?" Exhibit.
I want to thank Angela Allyn, the Noyes curator, for this opportunity to make it happen. I hope that you all will be able to attend. It has been an honor to have you all participate. People are still coming to view the exhibit, and some have returned to see it again and brought others, including curators from the Block Museum and a class of Northwestern students.rtists,
We started this with an opening on “What is Racial Justice?” What does it mean? What does it look like? How do we get there?
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” MLK Jr
We opened with featured guest speaker, Jude Laude, former school board member, speaking on Haiti and we raised $1080 for the relief effort at the border. We closed with featured speaker, Dr Litesa Wallace, former IL State Rep, speaking on the impact of the current racial climate. Both were educational, informative and moving.
I would like to say that we closed also at this time period with a clear, historic and rare example in America of what racial justice is and how we get there, with the “guilty" verdict of three men in the south who hunted down and killed an innocent man for the color of his skin.
My heart felt thank you goes out to all the participating artists who answered the call with varied expressions of what it all means.
The exhibit received a lot of buzz, visits, repeat visits and praise and made me humbled and proud as a curator. Mayor Biss visited with his family, Block curators came and took pics, Northwestern classes came through and many others.
Thanks also to the artists who donated prints for the silent auction and those who gave artist talks at the closing. It’s always inspiring to hear more from the artists about their work.
I hope we find more collaborations in the future, because art crosses boundaries and constructs.
Take care and have a safe and joyful season!