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Black History Through the Eyes of Art

by The Urban News
Asheville Parks & Recreation invites residents to explore and discover the achievements, contributions, and journeys of Black heritage.

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) is accepting art submissions for Black Legacy Month pop-up gallery.

Local artists of all mediums are invited to submit pieces to display during a pop-up gallery celebrating Black Legacy Month from February 17-28 at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center. Participants should register online at bit.ly/APR_Call_for_Artists; they may drop off submissions until 6 p.m. on Feb. 16. Interested artists may also stop by the center or call (828) 259-5483 to register.

The exhibit, titled Southside Presents: Black History Through the Eyes of Art, opens with a reception on Friday, February 17, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. Art pieces will remain available for viewing through Tuesday, February 28, 2023, during regular center hours. Grant Southside Center is located at 285 Livingston St.

“Our center is located in the Southside neighborhood, [where] so many of the regulars share stories of Black excellence from the past and present,” according to Jess Johnston, Grant Southside Center Facility Manager. “Examining how local artists acknowledge and celebrate heritage is a fascinating way to explore accomplishments, struggles, victories, and so much more.”

During Black History Month, APR invites residents to explore and discover the achievements, contributions, and journeys of Black heritage. To explore programs and events, visit ashevillenc.gov/parks.

About Asheville Parks & Recreation

Established in 1956, Asheville Parks & Recreation manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces throughout the city, offering a variety of wellness-, education-, and culture-related programs for Ashevillians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant hub for the people of Asheville to…

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