Water Is Life: #Detroit, MI Activist/Artist Wayne Curtis
August 4th to August 31st
Exhibition at the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 East Adams Street.
OPENING Friday, August 4, 6pm to 8pm at the Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. A wine & cheese reception will be hosted by the Gallery.
FREE PARKING at Central United Methodist Church parking lot
directly behind Swords into Plowshares next to Comerica Park.
The SIP is featuring the artwork of WAYNE CURTIS, artist, activist, farmer, revolutionary evolutionary and cultural change facilitator. He came of age during the Great Society progressive social movements, the civil rights movement and the upheaval of Viet Nam. As a member of the Black Panther party he turned his sense of injustice into a willingness to translate oppression and suffering, injustice and discrimination into public concerns as an artist.
This exhibition honors this lifelong seeker and advocate for cultural transformation, who through drawing, collages, and montages combines images, photographs, and text into insights of resistance, questioning, and a means of discovery.
Wayne Curtis models the artist activist reclaiming the importance to use ideas and knowledge to intervene into institutional, civic and public life in an understanding that Democracy has to be struggled over in order to maintain integrity and ultimately survive.
Wayne is a co-creator with Myrtle Thompson of Feedom Freedom Growers (FFG), who since 2009 continue connecting neighbors and families to urban agricultural and nutritionally sound eating habits in an effort to build empowerment, self-determination, non-marginalization community autonomy and pride. Wayne continues his creative hand in art and activist education through The Freedom Freedom Emory Douglas Youth and Family Arts Program, named in honor of the graphic artist, popular educator and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. Continuing the legacy of the party’s striving for equality in education, housing, employment and civil rights, Wayne is a passionate communitarian, serving as an integral member of the Boggs Center whose mission is to nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible and just communities; and as a member of Detroit Resists, a coalition of activists, artists, architects, and community members working on behalf of an inclusive, equitable, and democratic city.
PLEASE JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THIS DEDICATED ARTIST AND ACTIVIST AND SEEKER OF JUSTiCE!
Thanks to Marilyn Zimmerwoman for posting this invitation.