Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) presents a town hall discussion inviting artists, art leaders, activists, community members, and art lovers to discuss the importance of art as a tool to engage hearts and minds around social justice issues reflecting our past but also impacting our local community and world.
During this engaging event, AARLCC will introduce the five selected artists in residence for the AARLCC’s Art and Activism Residency. In addition, we will host the Grand Opening of a thought-provoking exhibition The Color of Money.
This residency will create space for #BlackArt & #BlackActivism to address important issues impacting our community through the lens of:
Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Criminal and Health Care Reform, Racial Justice, and Gender and Sexuality Equity.
AARLCC’s Art and Activism Residency was made possible through the support of the Community Foundation of Broward following funds: The Robert Elmore Family Fund, Maxine Powers Hofert Fund, Peter J. and Mary C. Barbare Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund, and Charles and Ruth Taylor Fund.
This hybrid program will be in-person and virtual - to join us:
In-person - click register on this page
Virtually - sign up at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Yv2DLkd5Rg6Hq-II3C5ngQ
In-person attendees will also have exclusive access to the Grand Opening of our new Art Exhibition The Color of Money:
The Color of Money art exhibition tells a story set in 19th century America; however, it continues a contemporary dialogue regarding race, economics, and cultural memory. The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) Special Collection's Archive provides historical context bridging the past and the present related to Black history. In this exhibition, the archival content curated from our collection enhances the themes presented in The Color of Money by artist John W. Jones.
For additional information on the program & exhibition, call 954-357-6282.
This event is presented by the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) and supported by the Community Foundation of Broward, Bank of America, and the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
The exhibition is presented by the Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in collaboration with Partners in Racial Justice and supported by the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Florida Memorial University Social Justice Institute, and the South Florida People of Color.
About the African American Research Library and Cultural Center
The Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is located in the Sistrunk community, one of the oldest historically Black communities named for one of Fort Lauderdale’s first Black physicians. Opening to the public on October 26, 2002, AARLCC became the third public library of its kind in the United States dedicated to the study of Black history and culture. The 60,000 square-foot Center serves as a repository of materials related to the local, national, and international voices of the African diaspora with more than 85,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts, framed art, print, photography, audiovisual, and documents held in our Adult Services Section and Special Collections. The Youth Services Section features a special collection of Coretta Scott King Award books and the Ashley Bryan Art Collection from illustrators of African Descent. AARLCC also features a 5,000 sq. ft. museum, a 300-seat state-of-the-art theatre, and a Computer Training Center.
About Broward County Libraries
Broward County Libraries Division, named 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website, Broward.org/Library, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 473 charitable Funds represent more than $212 million in assets, distributing $119 million in grants over the past 35 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD. www.cfbroward.org.
About Partners in Racial Justice
Partners in Racial Justice is dedicated to engaging in creative ways and means of bringing all people together in the pursuit of racial justice, healing, and unity.
Room capacity is limited to ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines. Indoor, in-person programs will be contingent on Centers for Disease Control benchmark and guidance for low COVID-19 infection rates. High rates of infection will necessitate cancellation of indoor, in-person programs. In the event indoor, in-person programs are cancelled, there are many online programs available at https://www.youtube.com/browardcountylibrary