Community Conversations featuring BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II

Join the Community Conversation!

The Springfield Museum of Art is hosting a series of Community Conversations each month during the exhibition of BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II. Free and open to the public, these events will be held both online and in person.

The conversations will be guided by questions from Talking About Race, an online resource from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. An artist from the exhibition, BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II, and a guest from the local community will enrich the conversation. Museum staff will moderate and invite voices from all participants while keeping the conversation focused on a productive, never harmful, exchange of ideas and experiences.

The event will take place in the main gallery, amidst the artwork and in an informal setting. The conversation will also be streamed and recorded. Anticipated length is 45-60 minutes for the conversation with time afterwards for browsing and chatting in the gallery.

» Register to participate online on Zoom here.

To learn more about the Talking About Race resource, click here.

Community Conversation: Bias

Saturday, Nov 13 at 2pm
Featuring artist and curator, Bing Davis, and Ryan Wynett, this conversation will focus on the topic of bias. Bing Davis is president of EbonNia Gallery in Dayton and is the guest curator of BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II. Ryan Wynett is the Manager of Implicit Bias Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

Community Conversation: Race as Social Construct

Saturday, Dec 11 at 2pm
December’s Community Conversation will focus on Race as Social Construct. This conversation will feature Andrea Walker Cummings and Basim Blunt. Andrea Walker Cummings is one of the artists featured in BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II and has previously presented a TEDx Dayton Salon talk From Suffrage to Suppression. Basim Blunt is a WYSO Senior Media Producer and Instructor and the point person for The Race Project, a series of broadcast conversations about race between everyday people in the Miami Valley.

Community Conversation: Community Building

Saturday, Jan 8 at 2pm
Focused on Community Building, this conversation will be feature Dwayne Daniel and Dr. Dawayne Kirkman. Dwayne Daniel is an artist in BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II and Professor of Visual Arts, Central State University. Dr. Dawayne Kirkman is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Clark State Community College.

Community Conversation: Social Identities and Systems

Saturday, Feb 12 at 2pm
Presenting a discussion about Social Identities and Systems, this conversation will feature Karlos Marshall, founder and President of The Conscious Connect in Springfield.

Art After Dark Valentine’s Edition

6-9pm, Friday, Feb 11, 2022

This special edition of September’s sold-out VIP couples’ date night features a full, three-course meal, couples’ activity, and exclusive gallery tour! Friday, Feb 11 from 6-9 pm at the Museum. No art-making experience is required, and your “couple” can be with your significant other, your bestie, or even your mom!

This experience is limited to 15 couples – reservations are by advanced-purchase for $250 per couple.

Buy  tickets here »



Come Find Art! – Free Art Days for Kids and Families

Sunday, Feb 27, 2022, 12:30-4:30pm

Come Find Art! sparks child-adult discussions about works throughout the Museum. It’s a great free family activity held one Sunday each month, now year-round! Each Sunday includes time in Chakeres Interactive Gallery and an artmaking kit to take home.

2022 Dates
Jan 30, Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 29, and Jun 26 (KidsFest! with the Springfield Arts Council)

Admission to these Come Find Art museum visits is free thanks to our sponsors and our Business Members.