‘Art and Activism’ explores Broward history, engages residents and champions change

February 9, 2022
"Art and Activism" is one of seven new arts programs that champion support for racial equity and social justice, with support from the Community Foundation of Broward.

To learn from our past and inspire positive change, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center has launched “Art and Activism: A Social Justice Art Residency.”

Thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Broward, the library and cultural center in Fort Lauderdale is enlisting five emerging artists to use their unique talents to explore aspects of racial inequity and social justice.

Through new paintings, dance, photography, music and more, the goal is to use the power of the arts to engage and inspire Broward residents; to explore historical and contemporary challenges and encourage solutions.

Racial justice, economic justice, criminal and health care reform, and gender and sexuality equity are some of the topics that “Art and Activism” expects to tackle.

The South Florida artists selected for the “Art and Activism” residency include:

  • Marielle Plaisir – mixed media and fine art
  • Anthony “Mojo” Reed, II – photography
  • Roscoe B. Thicke, III – photography
  • Jose Veliz – music composition
  • Agatha Wright – performance dance

“Art and Activism” is an exciting new chapter for the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Click here for a list of special 20th anniversary activities.

After six years of community involvement and planning, the research library and community center opened in October of 2002. Located on historic Sistrunk Boulevard, this vital part of our community hosts exhibits, cultural programs, acclaimed speakers as well as classes and recreational opportunities.

“This valuable community resource is a place where everyone can come together to learn and foster connections that make our community a better place to live,” Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson said. “The Community Foundation of Broward is proud to support the ‘Art and Activism’ artists in residency program there, which is creating opportunities to learn from our history, engage the community and inspire positive change.”

BOLD support for the arts

“Art and Activism” is one of seven exciting new arts projects that champion racial equity and social justice, made possible with more than $500,000 in grants from charitable funds at the Community Foundation.

Click here to learn more about how the Community Foundation uses the power of the arts to engage residents, bridge differences and inspire change.

Learn More

To learn how you can make a BOLD impact with a charitable fund at the Community Foundation of Broward, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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