“Celebration of Black History,” an exhibition of student artwork, is on display through March 3 in the Dean’s Gallery, in the west wing of the old Music Building.

Here is the statement for this exhibition:

February is Black History Month; a time for all cultures to honor and celebrate achievements and contributions made in our society by African American men and women.

Black History Month was first inspired by noted Historian and Journalist Carter G. Woodson, who initiated Negro History Week in the 1920s to encourage the teaching of black history in public schools. Later, the U.S. Government officially institutionalized Black History Month in 1976.

The “Celebration of Black History Student Art Exhibit” is a reflection of Woodson’s idea to celebrate and educate through cultural creativity in the context of African American rich traditions, heritage, and everyday life.

Student works on display highlight various creative perspectives of African American themes with interpretations from identity to social constructs. Each piece seeks to invoke further interest and cultural awareness with simplicities and complexities of the African American experience through a Black Art aesthetic.

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