Evelyn Patricia Terry: America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!) opens at the Lynden Sculpture Garden on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with a reception from 3 to 5 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. “America”—from its origins to present day news reports of racial and ethnic interactions–is a recurrent theme in Terry’s work. Over the course of more than fifty years, she has made several bodies of work that address the “conundrum of co-existence that repeatedly occupies the news, my thoughts, and many conversations.” In America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!), the most recent in a series of exhibitions on the theme, Terry brings together different bodies of work: an iconic table installation, artist books, and mixed media works that layer drawings and other forms of mark-making on sewn rag paper pieces.
In the rear of the building, Terry will be exhibiting nine works from her Play the Race Card series. The series dates from 2006-7, when Terry began using torn canvas strips recycled from previously set-aside paintings. Focusing on two politically and emotionally charged color groupings, “red, black and green” and “red, white and blue,” on a backdrop of other colors, this work promotes race conversations as commonplace topics like weather–absent the political biases, empowerment drain, and emotional damage harbored.
The exhibition remains on view through Sunday, July 28, 2019. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 West Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, WI 53217. During the course of the exhibition, Terry will be offering a series of hands-on workshops at Lynden.
America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!), is part of Lynden’s 2019 Call & Response programming. Call & Response is an ongoing project that gathers a community of artists who share a commitment to the radical Black imagination as a means to re-examine the past and imagine a better future. Other participants in the 2019 programming include indigo activist Arianne King Comer, visual artist and Nohl Fellow Rosemary Ollison, filmmaker and storyteller Portia Cobb, chef and food scholar Scott Barton, choreographer Reggie Wilson, and performance collective Propelled Animals, among others.
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Evelyn Patricia Terry has returned to “America” several times over the years, and its episodic manifestations can be read as a kind of diary. In 1996, working with the Haggerty Museum of Art, Terry created her first table installation, Guess/Guests Who Came to Dinner, at the (former) Watts Tea Shop. This original dinner table featured mismatched plates, assorted stemware, various ethnic dolls, and a Reverend Josephus Farmer Statue of Liberty sculpture from her art collection. For Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed), made for Pure Black, an exhibition Terry co-curated with Della Wells at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery in 2004, she expanded the installation, placing written words and healthy raw foods–ginger, garlic, lemons–on each plate.
She took up the theme again in two series of artist books America’s Favor (named from her 1972 screen print edition) and America: Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed)—named after the table installation. Most recently, Terry was invited to display the table installation at the Mobile Design Box, a local alternative space, and to fill the empty walls with two-dimensional work that could be hung with pins or tacks. Working on short notice and with these restrictions, Terry elected to use the space as a studio to produce a new body of work. Searching out all the marked-up rag paper pieces she had fortuitously filed and saved over the years, she created vertical and horizontal substrates by randomly sewing several pieces together. She enhanced these sewn compositions with new marks and figurative drawings of her female and male ethnic doll collection in their “country of origin” dress, building thematic connections to the table installation. The figures are drawn alone or coupled, sometimes in strange inter-ethnic relationships and sometimes together with “their own kind.” Text, too, has been an essential and continuous element in the “America” series, appearing on plates, across book pages, on cards, and in titles that provide clues to the artist’s thoughts. For this exhibition, Terry will be producing new books and mixed media works.
America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!)is the latest entry in Terry’s diary. She has mined her five-decade history as an artist to create the exhibition by repurposing the torn and cut sections of etchings, screen-prints, monotypes, and randomly printed rag paper scraps that she has accumulated as a printmaker, and by referencing items in her personal collection, from ethnic dolls to the work of other artists. America’s Favor/Guests Who Came to Dinner (and Stayed!) is the latest entry in Terry’s diary, an up-to-the moment index of the artist’s aesthetic and material interests, her personal concerns, and her approach to embracing the world she lives in.
About the Artist
Evelyn Patricia Terry is a full time professional visual artist, presenter, writer and art collector based in Milwaukee. She works across many media: printmaking, drawing, painting, installation, and public art. During her long career, she has garnered awards, fellowships, grants, and commendations for community work with students and other artists. Concentrating on printmaking, she earned both a BFA and an MS in Visual Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). She earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after Ruth Milofsky, a UWM arts education professor and mentor, set up a fund to give her a deadline to go back to school so she might be better prepared as an artist.
In 2012, Terry received the Wisconsin Visual Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from a Wisconsin consortium of art and humanity organizations. In 2014 the Milwaukee Arts Board honored her with their Artist of the Year Award. Terry’s work is internationally exhibited and collected; over 400 private, corporate, and public collections own her artwork including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, the Racine Art Museum and the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College. From 2016 through 2018, several universities—including UWM, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Duke University–acquired Terry’s hand-constructed artists’ books. In 2009, influenced by Dr. Margaret Burroughs, a visual artist, poet, and founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, and by Chicago art consultant Susan Woodson, Terry founded the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery, a home-based gallery, following the death of her partner, self-taught folk artist George Ray McCormick, Sr.
About the Lynden Sculpture Garden
The Lynden Sculpture Garden offers a unique experience of art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. The sculpture garden is open to art and nature lovers of all ages daily, 10 am-5 pm; until 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings in the summer; closed Thursdays. Admission to the sculpture garden is $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors; children under 6 and members are free. Annual memberships are also available.
The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved (16-0) the appointment of Supervisor Marcelia Nicholson to the Milwaukee Public Museum’s (MPM) Board of Directors today for a term ending March 19, 2022.
Nicholson thanked Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., for his appointment, and her fellow supervisors, who voted unanimously in support.
“I want to thank Chairman Lipscomb for appointing me to the Milwaukee Public Museum Board, and my colleagues for their faith in my ability to serve. The Milwaukee Public Museum is one of Milwaukee County’s most popular amenities, attracting visitors from all over Wisconsin and beyond. I’m particularly proud to serve on the board of a cultural institution that provides educational opportunities to youth and adults alike. Serving on the Board of the Milwaukee Public Museum is an honor and a privilege, and I am committing to serving the best interests of the Museum and the public,” said Nicholson.
The function of the MPM’s Board of Directors is to advise the museum director on matters of long range planning, marketing, educational programming, scope of collections, relationships with the public, and any matter deemed to be in the best interests of the museum betterment, as well as to establish governing bylaws.
Supervisor Nicholson also serves on the Board of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees.
She is the First Vice Chair of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and chairs the Committee on Economic and Community Development.
Supervisor Nicholson represents the 5th District of Milwaukee County and was an MPS educator for several years.
Free Event is on March 24 at 1:00 pm
MILWAUKEE, WI (Friday, February 1, 2019)— The Marcus Center is putting together a free inaugural event that focuses on educating our community about the legacy of César E. Chávez on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm. Chávez was an unselfish advocate of social justice and respect for human dignity.
The César E. Chávez Birthday Celebration program will highlight the youth in our community. Building on the success of the Marcus Center’s Dr. King Birthday event, we will engage students through providing an art, essay and spoken word contest. Entry information can be found at MarcusCenter.org.
In addition, various cultural arts organizations will take center stage in Uihlein Hall to truly demonstrate the excellence of our arts and education. The event will conclude with a reception in the Marcus Center’s Bradley Pavilion.
The César E. Chávez. Birthday Celebration is organized by a steering committee of community members, school representatives, corporate leaders, and Marcus Center staff. This event is free and open to the public.
César Chávez quoted, “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
“We value inclusion and this event affords us the opportunity to continue to put our efforts into action,” says Heidi Lofy, Vice President of Experience and Engagement at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Corporate sponsors include: BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert Health, GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation.
About Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Established in 1969, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts venue in Southeastern Wisconsin. As the Marcus Center completes its 49th year, it continues to build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state. The touring Broadway series is recognized as bringing the best of Broadway entertainment to Milwaukee for the past 23 years and provides opportunities to educate, entertain and engage audiences. The Marcus Center is also the home to the Milwaukee Symphony, Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera, First Stage plus a variety of other important community and family events throughout the year. For more information about events visit the Marcus Center website
at www.MarcusCenter.org. The Marcus Center is a private non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation and is a dedicated Milwaukee County Veterans Memorial.
Nationwide (Blacknews.com) — If you feel stuck in a cycle of work and no play and are seeking a respite from the monotony, look to these inspirational black bloggers. They tackle issues like health, women’s fertility, traveling, and so much more. These inspirational black bloggers do more than just write about current issues; They engage with a community to create a better world for all.
Womanifesting with Abiola Abrams
Abiola Abrams is well known in the blogosphere for her inspirational pro-women content. She teaches self-love by motivating others to capitalize on their unique female magic. She’s a speaker, columnist, radio personality, and author. She even privately coaches women on her proven empowerment tactics.
Oneika The Traveller
Have you been to over 100 countries and counting? Oneila is a passionate world traveler, journalist, and Travel Channel host. Her travel blog incorporates travel tips for black women going abroad, lifestyle blogs about love and feminine care, and so much more. She teaches her audience about the world through her perspective as a young black woman and even includes a section about traveling while black.
Erika Nicole Kendall
This black fitness guru shares with us her exhausting journey of weight gain and weight loss in her blog A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss. She talks about beauty, healthy eating, exercise, and recipes. She also writes detailed articles about health issues that are specific to black women—why childbirth tends to be more dangerous, healthcare for black women, and more. She’s teaching other black women about their bodies by sharing her journey toward physical wellness.
Kimberley Foster runs For Harriet, a community blog she started when she felt there was a huge gap in representation of black women online. She has over 347 pages filled with long form and short form blogs, and she covers a range of fascinating topics. Her blog addresses infertility, black hair, black trans women, and even black masculinity.
Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks
The founders of Black Girls Run, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, started their blog as a platform to fight the epidemic of obesity in the African American community. Their blog, which encourages black women to spend time outdoors and get exercise every day, has morphed into a national movement. They’re a running group that organizes events throughout the country, and they offer training programs for any black woman who’s just beginning her health journey.
Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — A Black Education Network (ABEN) is hosting its Regional Conference October 6, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Imhotep Charter School, 6201 N. 21st St., Philadelphia, PA.
Educators who teach students of African ancestry regionally will learn about best practices that facilitate engaging students in the classroom, while creating a culturally relevant and safe environment.
The powerful line-up of speakers includes Dr. Joyce King – the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership and Professor of Educational Policy Studies in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University; Tony Browder – world-renowned author, publisher, cultural historian, artist, and educational consultant; Dr. Chike Akua – esteemed author, educator and speaker; Kobie Wilkerson, II – educator and Chief Consultant of Love II Learn Educational Group; Dr. Stephen Hancock – Associate Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Hashim Jabar – Executive Director of Racial Justice NOW! (RJN!), Founder of West Dayton Youth Task Force and creator of the RJN! Culturally Relevant Toolkit.
As national trends show how racial disparities and inequities continue to threaten education for Black students through discipline practices, lack of resources and a lack of cultural relevance, the ABEN Regional Conference addresses solutions that will create more independent thinking and value for Black students while keeping them connected to the educational process.
To register for this event, visit https://www.flipcause.com/
ABEN’s founder, Executive Director and conference coordinator states, “The anti-Blackness that has always permeated American society is at an all-time high due to the toxicity of the current political environment. There is an urgent need to provide real-time solutions to what has been plaguing the education of Black students since the mostly failed attempts at integration in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Their regional conference will inspire attendees to keep fighting for Black children and give them the tools to engage in battle more effectively.”
About A Black Education Network (ABEN)
ABEN is unapologetically focused on Black people and provides independent efforts in Black communities that are systematic and ongoing. This includes community-sponsored in- and out-of-school educational activities that offer a safe haven for family engagement, facilitate teaching/learning about the cultural contributions of neighborhoods and community leaders where centered around neighborhood schools, helping to eliminate family trauma. Visit their website at www.aben4ace.org to learn more about their work and how you can join us in the righteous struggle.
eatOkra is the first smartphone application to focus solely on black-owned restaurants and food establishments in the United States. Users can access a growing list of black, Caribbean, and African-inspired restaurants in a simple to use way that includes directions, rating options, and the ability to add a business via the mobile app or website.
A few facts:
· eatOkra was developed by a military veteran
· eatOkra not only supports consumers it also supports black-owned businesses
· eatOkra contains over 800 restaurants and food businesses including coffee houses, pop-ups, and food trucks
· eatOkra is available for Android and iOS
· eatOkra has had over 800 downloads and experienced an increase after viral video of racial profiling in Starbucks and Waffle House
eatOkra is what The Green Book Guide was to black travelers during the 40s, 50s and 60s. The mobile app enables black travelers to identify and locate and support black food and hospitality businesses that are safe and friendly.
DINING APP EATOKRA IS THE NEW GREEN BOOK GUIDE FOR BLACK RESTAURANT HUNTERS
Founders created app as a response to racial profiling in public spaces as well as to boost economic development in black communities
JULY 2018 – BROOKLYN – Mobile app eatOkra is the first smartphone application to curate over 800 black-owned restaurants and food establishments throughout the United States. Developed by military veteran, Anthony Edwards, Jr., _eatOkra_ is the result of wanting to locate restaurants in his Brooklyn neighborhood and becoming astonished by the variety of black-owned food establishments he discovered.
“I was curious and started researching restaurants all over New York City and the boroughs, which led me to research other major cities as well,” said Edwards. Realizing that there was no one place online that listed them by city or state, the web developer built an application for both iOS and Android users. The initial group of businesses was manually entered by Edwards, his business partners Janique Bradley and Justin Johnson. Ultimately, friends, black chefs and restaurant owners added to the listing that also includes restaurants featuring cuisines from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.
The first version of eatOkra was soft-launched in 2016 with Edwards’ continuous effort to enhance user-experience. To date, there have been almost 1,000 downloads by users seeking restaurants, coffee houses, and food-related events such as pop-ups and food trucks in 15 major cities and the District of Columbia. Users can add businesses from the app or website.
The organic growth of the app’s users has enabled the team to analyze and track downloads based on current events. Edwards found a direct correlation between a recent increase and racially-charged events at a Philadelphia Starbucks and an Alabama Waffle House.
“Gathering and food define our sense of community, and _eatOkra_ permits users to locate and support those communities. Our app is a necessity in locating those safe places to meet and eat without fear of profiling and harassment.”
EatOkra is a bootstrapped venture but Edwards and his partners have a business model that includes an advanced web-based application and paid options as well as strategic partnerships.
“We want to offer more consumer-specific services, especially those services that assist in locating food places and events in their travels or at home while also serving those food businesses,” said Edwards.
EatOkra is your simple guide to finding black-owned restaurants.
The King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio of African And African American Arts and Culture presents its’ Gallery Night and Day themed…Mercy, Mercy Me. What About Our Ecology!, on Friday, July 20, 5:30 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, July 21, 12 noon to 2 pm at the King Commons Gallery and Studio, 2775 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
This gallery exhibit is inspired by a deep rooted concern regarding our ecology, our current drinking water situation and a recent news article about a baby whale who was found with an abundance of plastic bags throughout it’s intestinal tract.
The exhibit theme is MERY MERCY ME, WHAT ABOUT OUR ECOLOGY. Greg Adams, a keyboard artist and videographer will perform and show his video titled, MERY MERCY ME, inspired in part by singer Marvin Gaye’s hit song from the 70’s… “What’s Going On”.
Various artists from the community who are consciously involved in this effort on rethinking how to utilize materials that might have otherwise been discarded will creatively show ways they’ve produce new lifecycles for these items to promote a safer ecology. Our ecology also applies to our relationships with one another, Ms. Edwards, the curator and producer of this show brought together participants during the community’s Juneteenth celebration to express their artistic creativity using various materials with the guidance of the Gallery’s art instructors. “I was really delighted and surprised to see the talent of children and adults. They too were impressed and very appreciative for the experience. Which confirms my vison of why it’s important to have the King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio in our community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., paved roadways of opportunity for us and having the King Drive Commons Gallery and Studio here on this drive means a lot in helping to keep his work alive. “ The Gallery’s artists exhibiting in this show are Gina Jorgenson; banners and signs of social justice, Martina Patterson; fiber art and recycled materials, Alysha Wilson; multi-media and crafter artists Sandra Mitchell, Yawie Sun, and Marquita Edwards. They will present a spellbinding exhibit with an array of banners for social justice, and recycled art pieces for ecology awareness. Also highlighted, will be spoken word poets from the Still Waters Collectiveand a live Rhythm and Blues band called MAUREE, who will take us back in time and bring us up to current with songs of the day.
The event is free, and open to the public. Refreshments and culinary delights are provided by Pas Da Peas Catering, This event is made possible in part of our major sponsors the Martin Luther King Economic Development Inc. and the Bader Philanthropies Inc.
Launched by the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation
CHICAGO – Locating classical music written by living Black composers wordwide is now just a click away thanks to a new directory developed and launched by the not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation. The directory is designed for those seeking to commission new works; for performers, conductors, and concert programmers seeking existing music; and for other researchers and scholars of contemporary classical music. The directory is part of the RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers (MBC) project, which aims to bring greater diversity to the ranks of classical music performers, composers, and audiences by making the music of Black composers available to everyone.
MBC’s Living Composers Directory includes information about each composer including their name, geographic region, gender, birth year, contact information and website link. Designed to be an ever-expanding work in progress, the directory currently holds the names of 170 living Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The public is invited to notify the project of any composer not currently on this list by emailing [email protected]
“Composers of African descent have created masterful classical music for centuries, yet they continue to be underrepresented in concert programming and in classical music education. This absence silences a rich vein of works from global consciousness and obscures the true face of classical music,” says RBP Foundation President Rachel Barton Pine. “Young musicians seldom have the opportunity to study and perform classical music by Black composers. It’s a struggle for artists and enthusiasts of color to participate in an art form in which they do not appear to belong, perpetuating a lack of diversity on stage and among audiences. This online directory is one of the ways the RBP Foundation is working to spread awareness of and access to music by Black composers,” she adds.
The RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers, in collaboration the Orchestral Music by Black Composers (OMBC) project founded by scholar-harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson and conductor James Blachly, is working to complete an online database of all composers of African descent, living and deceased. The database will feature information about numerous individual works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, including instrumentation, length, descriptions, difficulty level, where to find the music, links to recordings, and programming suggestions.
In October 2018, MBC will take another monumental step toward showing the world #BlackisClassical, with LudwigMasters’ publication of MBC Violin Volume I, the first in a pedagogical series of books of music exclusively by Black classical composers from around the world. Each orchestral instrument will be the subject of multiple volumes, which will be graded by difficulty from beginner to advanced concerto-level playing and will include biographies for every composer, profiles of Black classical music role models, and feature articles about Black participation in classical music past and present.
Subsequent publications will include works for school orchestra and chamber ensembles. In addition, MBC is also developing a coloring book of the 40 most prominent Black composers throughout history as well as a timeline poster featuring more than 300 Black composers.
The idea for MBC started with a recording Rachel Barton Pine made for Cedille Records in 1997 titled Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries. The album contains historic compositions by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-European composers from the Classical and Romantic eras that had been unjustifiably neglected. Soon after its release Pine found herself sitting on diversity panels and fielding questions from students, parents, teachers, and colleagues about where to find more works by Black composers. She quickly discovered that most repertoire by Black composers is out of print or only exists in manuscript. So, in 2001, her not-for-profit Rachel Barton Pine (RBP) Foundation committed to the Music by Black Composers (MBC) project. Over the past two decades, MBC has uncovered 900+ works by more than 300 Black composers from North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia, from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
Pine is an award-winning, chart-topping violinist, who performs with the world’s leading orchestras and has recorded 37 acclaimed albums. Her performances are heard on NPR and stations around the globe and she has appeared on The Today Show four times, CBS Sunday Morning, Bloomberg Television, CNN, PBS NewsHour and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and media outlets around the world. In addition to the MBC project, her RBP Foundation assists young artists through its Instrument Loan Program, Grants for Education and Career, and Global HeartStrings which supports musicians in developing countries.
Article courtesy of CBS – Lansing, Michigan via “The Rundown”
Our obsession, or in most cases for busy parents, reliance on our cell phone is causing many kids to fall victim to distracted parenting. Child experts say, when technology becomes more important, it can truly hurt your kid’s development.
Kendra Moyses, a child development expert with Michigan State University says, she understands the sometimes impossibility to put down our technology, but the temptation to use it at all times of the day may need some management.
“Especially for a lot of younger children, like with infants, eye contact is a huge way that they communicate. That they take cues from their caregivers, so when that is not being given, it’s a detriment to the infant because they want to be able to have that interaction.”
Playing is essential to great child development and every kid wants their parents to watch, even before the time of cell phones. Moyses says, kids competing against not only your interest, but also technology can cause several negative outcomes.
“If a parent is involved in the cell phone instead of watching what their child is doing, not only is that potentially dangerous because they are not watching out for unsafe situations, but that child wants that connection with them, so if they are not getting it in one way, they may get it by acting out.”
CHICAGO June 4, 2018 – The Obsidian Collection of digitized images depicting African American history, arts and culture debuts on Google Arts & Culture with eight virtual exhibits featuring nearly 140 images of iconic people, places and events from the 1940s through 1980s rescued from newspaper archives and other sources. These hidden gems, including rare images of famed boxer Joe Louis, Maxwell Street and black people enjoying Chicago’s summer festival scene, can be accessed worldwide, in perpetuity, thanks to a partnership between Google Arts & Culture and Obsidian Collection founder and Executive Director Angela Ford. The Chicago-based entrepreneur, black history buff and tech enthusiast is on a mission to save and share rarely viewed images captured by the nation’s black press.
The virtual exhibits can be viewed in a few clicks at The Obsidian Collection Archives – Google Arts & Culture.