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WADA Education 2-Part Event: Free for Members

  • 25 Oct 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • @ Tully Levine at the ArtsXchange, 515 22nd Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712


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Financial Check-Up 101 with Alvina Miller from 5/3rd Bank, Suzanne Ruppert from Fis Global, and Laura Turner from Worldpay: 6:30-7:15 PM

Gain insight and tips on how to improve your finances, as well as build your credit from banking professionals. You will also be provided with strategies on how to create a budget, improve your credit score, and create a financial emergency plan for your future.

Artist Talk with Dr. Dallas Jackson: 7:15-8:00 PM

Extirpation: Color, Class and Currency is a collection of works that captures various topics and points in African American History. In the current climate of history revision, accounts of African American’s contribution to America are be modified to change the narrative.

My two recent exhibitions Bête Noire: The Migrant and the Mendicant and Poetic Justice (group exhibition) was comprised of artwork that spanned the time of post Emancipation Proclamation and pre-Civil Rights. Also, in each of the exhibits the topic of gentrification and its impact on the poor and working class was also included.

My intent in the creation of work is to encourage a discussion about humanity in general. My work as a consultant of arts integration and visual led me to visiting national museums to gather information about African American history. The National African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the Civil Rights Museum, Cotton Exchange Museum, Slave Haven Museum, Davies Plantation (all in the Memphis, Tennessee), The Legacy Museum, Freedom Riders Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, (all in Montgomery, Alabama) provided me with a wealth of information from many artifacts housed in these institutions.

Utilizing my art practice, I created works in response to the experiences of the museums. Several artists influenced the works in the exhibition. Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Neo Rauch, James Kerry Marshall, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye influenced my works. Theses contemporary artist focus on narratives and figurative paintings that connect to the overarching topic within the idea of Extirpation.

Extirpation is annihilation of a local species that is present elsewhere. When I heard this word and learned its meaning, it resonated with the scope of the narrative I wanted to develop. Lynchings throughout the US was evidence of this intent about newly freed people- African Americans. The Tuskegee Project and its impact on African American men over a twenty-year period further reinforced this ideation. The influx of drugs, prison industry and now ongoing violence further codified this as an idea.

The intended outcome is to create awareness and empathy as well as outcomes based on the conversations that result of viewing this collection of work. Collectively, the visual impact is to take the viewer on the artist’s interpretation of the notion of relevance of historical events coupled with memories buried in mass graves, and lack of documentation through artistic expression.

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Light refreshments served.

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