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.
Saturday, Nov 13, 2 pm
• Topic: Bias
• Moderated by Bing Davis, Ebonia Gallery and guest curator of BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II
• Moderated by Ryan Wynett, Manager of Implicit Bias Initiatives, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati
Saturday, Dec 11, 2 pm
• Topic: Race as Social Construct
• Moderated by Andrea Cummings, artist in BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II
Saturday, Jan 8, 2 pm
• Topic: Community Building
• Moderated by Dwayne Daniel, artist and Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts, Central State University
• Moderated by Dr. Dawayne Kirkman, Vice President of Student Affairs, Clark State College
Saturday, Feb 12, 2 pm
• Topic: Social Identities and Systems
• Moderated by Karlos Marshall, founder and President, The Conscious Connect, Inc., Springfield