This is an in-person panel with a Zoom option available for those unable to attend.
Art groups are an essential part of the art economy and art scene. Some of Rochester’s local art clubs were founded nearly 100 years ago, yet there has long been a shortage of art collectives that speak to the Black experience and the specific contributions that Black artists have made to the local community. This, however, is changing and numerous new art collectives have recently been formed. This panel discussion will bring together the founders of several groups to discuss how Black artists are represented and promoted in the current creative community. In addition, this conversation will outline the importance of joining art organizations, the historical impact of arts collectives, and how generations of artists were positively impacted by aligning with creative communities. We will also discuss why it is especially important that our city must support the creation of art collectives and groups that serve historically underrepresented communities. This is a conversation that covers the past, present, and future of how Black artists are represented and solutions that will lead to improved representation.
Speakers: Ya’qub Shabazz, Terry Chaka, Ephraim Gebre, and Erica Jae
Learn more here: http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/events/the-spirit-of-sankofa-collaboration-and-representation-in-the-arts/?event_date=2022-10-29
About 2022 Art Community Conversations:
These talks continue the spirit of the biennial contemporary art project called Current Seen. Founded in 2017 as RBNL (Rochester Biennial), then expanded in 2019 as Current Seen, the program will continue to evolve post-COVID, and change in response to the key issues facing our community. The 2022 program focuses solely on important panel discussions, which we hope will inform and shape the next chapter of our art scene, as well as future iterations of Current Seen. Learn more about Current Seen here.