Black Is Breathe 365 - 3D virtual exhibition by ART 180

Black Is Breathe 365

Fri, 06/04/2021 to Fri, 08/06/2021

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In March and April 2020, ART 180 programs moved online in response to sites closing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. ART 180, program leaders and students incorporated the theme ‘Breathe’ to address self-care through mindfulness, social injustice, and how the act of breathing gives us space. 

In February of 2021, ART 180, in partnership with the creative firm Dream For Purpose, launched the Black Is ______ 365 project, consisting of youth programming, public art events, and illustrations to center and celebrate Black Voices in our community. The Black inspires the project is Beautiful movement originating in the 1960s and by the need to extend the focus on the achievements and struggles of Black Americans beyond the 28 days of Black History Month. Over the course of the year, we wanted our young people, their families, and our city to celebrated the possibilities and beauty in blackness. 

The first action is an installation in the windows of our Atlas teen art center and gallery located in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. Across our four large gallery windows reads 'Black Is       365.' The text piece was designed by Ricky Parker, an ART 180 board member and the creative Director of Dream For Purpose—the creative firm responsible for the Black Is Beautiful billboards that went up across VA in 2020. The fillable blank in the title invites you to contribute your own ideas of what Black means to you and its celebrates. 

Second, we extend our Open Studio into a virtual art workshop hosted from Atlas gallery instructed by two local artists, Jowarnise Calston and Calvin Presents. The two artists instructed a workshop around the theme Black is ______ 365. Families and individuals who registered for the workshop received a material kit provided by ART 180 to voice and create artwork around this year's theme.

The exhibition Black is Breathe 365 is a virtual exhibition showcasing artworks created by participants in ART 180's Community and Atlas Programs and individuals and families from our Open Studio (workshop). The exhibition will be up on ART 180's website from Friday, July 4, through Friday, September 3, 2021. 

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