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.
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.