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Juneteenth Art Exhibition

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We are pleased to announce a call for art for Juneteenth, at Pearson Gallery inside Pearson Community Center. This will be the first Juneteenth art exhibition and the first group art exhibition presented by Clark County Public Art Office.
Exhibiting: Friday, June 7th, 2024, through Saturday, July 20th 2024
Juneteenth Celebration: Friday, June 14, 2024, 6pm- 9pm. Award Ceremony at @7:30pm.

Pearson Community Center
1625 W Carey Ave, North Las Vegas.
Open Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on Sundays.

Juneteenth honors the date, June 19, 1865, when the last Confederate community of enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, received word that they were free from slavery, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth is a time to gather and celebrate while reflecting on the past and looking toward the future.

Juneteenth is a time to honor ancestors and their struggle as well as a time celebrate the achievements and contributions by Black Americans to history. Now a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth is an occasion to acknowledge the legacy of slavery, address racial injustice in the present, and to continue working for a more inclusive future.

Celebrations of Juneteenth vary across the United States, through cookouts, educational events, parades, festivals, church services, and more. Historian Dr. Mitch Kachun believes that the celebrations of the end of slavery have three objectives: “to celebrate, to educate, and to agitate.”

We invite artists to submit artwork that commemorates Juneteenth by exploring what the holiday or what freedom means to them. Freedom can mean celebrating joy, overcoming struggle, or dreaming without restraint. Whether it’s embracing the present, reflecting on the past, or fighting for a more equitable future, we encourage artists to submit art pieces that acknowledge Juneteenth however they see fit.

This exhibition will be juried by Vogue Robinson. Vogue M. Robinson – poet, author, mentor, and teaching artist – has an appreciation for human beings who put truth and heart into words. She served as poet laureate of Clark County, Nevada and is the first Black woman to receive the Silver Pen award from the Nevada Writers’ Hall of Fame. Her first poetry collection, Vogue 3:16 is available in both print and audiobook format. Robinson serves as a teaching artist within classrooms, community centers, nonprofits, retirement communities, and of course, inside your computer. Vogue resides in Las Vegas, NV with her family. Vogue was also the Director of Development at Left of Center Art Gallery, home to the largest African Art Museum in Southern Nevada.  You’re invited to visit her website for books and visual art.

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