Make Art, Not War

Make Art, Not War

September 10 & 11, 2015 . 6-10PM
Hair, Health and Neighborhood Stories: An installation

The Clarice, in partnership with the Maryland Center for Health Equity in UMD’s School of Public Health, launched Hair, Health and Neighborhood Stories last year. Graduate students in theatre design made visits to a black barber shop in Hyattsville, collecting stories and images about family histories that are now part of this installation. You can tell your story too in this participatory installation.

The Battle Of And For The Black Face Boy - A visual art response

These works, originally shown at the Brentwood Arts Exchange in North Brentwood, are part of an exhibition that was put together through an invitation to members of Black Artists of DC to respond through visual art to Nikky Finney's poem - released to artists before its official publication - utilizing art to contribute to the national conversation about the history and experience of being a black male in the United States. Nikky’s poem, commissioned by The Clarice, will be published as a limited edition collector’s book by the David C. Driskell Center at UMD later this fall. This exhibit also includes works created by groups of students from Suitland and Northwestern High Schools who are part of the Culture Keepers program, based at Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center. Culture Keepers invites students to work on projects raising awareness about the African Diaspora. For the 2014-15 school year, students created these works in response to Finney’s poem.

The project was funded through a Maryland Moving Forward grant from the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion.