Through a community partnership, the OneJax
Institute at the University of North Florida, Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens and Do Something Great Today Foundation present “A Journey Through African-American Artistry” at 7 p.m., Tuesday,
Sept. 8, at the Cummer Museum, located at 829 Riverside Ave.
The program will explore and celebrate African-American
experiences connecting diverse voices through stories, art, music and performances
by North Florida artists:
Mutima – A multi-dimensional performer who will interweave his skills as a
poet, musician and storyteller to express a love of life, while addressing
cultural and environmental issues.
Aiuppy – A contemporary artist who will discuss his most recent work, which is influenced
by the racially motivated crimes and police brutality that have been happening across
Vanterpool – A noted speaker who will reflect on internalized conflicts with
race and will challenge audience members to confront his/her unconscious racial
biases through his presentation, titled “The Divide.”
Johnson – An actress who will perform a short monologue from “Gem of the Ocean,”
a play by August Wilson, offering a profound immersion into the themes of
ancestry, passage and the quest for freedom.
(Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers) – The city-wide youth chorus will perform “Lift
Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” a historical song often referenced as “The Black
This special event is inspired
by the Cummer Museum exhibition, “Whitfield Lovell: Deep River,” which uses
scripture, video, drawing, sound and music to explore the journey of African-Americans
who fled from slavery during the Civil War.
For more information
about “A Journey Through African-American
Artistry,” contact the Cummer Museum at (904) 899-6038. This free event
is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be
For more than 50 years,
the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring
through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000
objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 130,000
annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast.
Do Something Great
Today is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to inspiring and empowering a more
OneJax works to
build understanding across all areas of Northeast Florida for the purpose of
increasing respect and improving relationships among people who represent the
many religious, ethnic, racial and cultural groups in the community. Through education, community building and advocacy
initiatives, OneJax works to overcome bias, bigotry and racism.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally
beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of
others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded