Join us for the downtown Brooklyn opening of a major exhibition of 40 mural-sized paintings. Otto Neals, James Denmark, Ramona Candy, Dindga McCannon, Carlton Murrell, Bob Daniels, Ademola Olugebefola, Che Baraka, Danny Simmons, Mary Chang, Sonia Lynn Sadler, Jide Ojo, Javaka Steptoe, Wilda Gonzalez, Jean Volcy, Brent Bailer, Ka McIntosh, Doba Afolabi, Dionis Ortiz and Linda Hiwot are among the many revered and emerging Black Diasporan visual artists creating works to benefit the communities they love.
“Artists Speaking for the Spirits” is the debut project of ARTCURIAN, a ground-breaking initiative of the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation and its affiliate, Urban Resource Institute (ARTC-URI), two of New York City’s largest not-for-profit human service providers, with 15 facilities in three boroughs. They deliver medical and support services to thousands disabled by addiction and addiction-related diseases, including HIV/AIDS and mental illness, operate a city-wide transportation network for persons with severe disability, offer job training and placement services for persons with mental retardation, and run the city’s second largest emergency residential program for battered women and their children.
The project was conceived by lead artist-in-residence Emmett Wigglesworth and is presented with the help of artist-in-residence Ogundipe Fayomi, steering committee members Herb Bennett and Betty Blayton, project coordinator Wendy Jones and ARTC-URI public relations director Charles Bailey, representing Dr. Beny J. Primm, longtime art collector and the organization’s founder and executive director.
The exhibition will be open to the public Wed-Sun from 1-6 pm in February, by appointment during and after February for school groups, individuals, and artist-talk/community enrichment events. For further info and to RSVP for the opening reception, contact project coordinator Wendy Jones at 917-860-6786 or visit www.artcurian.org. The Chapel Street venue is conveniently located off Jay Street, a few blocks from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.