In honor of Black History Month, the Arts Council presents a series of compelling, inspirational, and celebratory events that recognize the achievements and talents of local and nationally renown Black artists from the past, present and future.

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January
28th
through
March
5th

The Arts Center Gallery

An awe-inspiring art exhibition featuring over eighty selected works that depict the history and creative culture of the Black experience in America. 

Ellington-White Contemporary and the Arts Council presents...
CONSERVING LEGACIES: Past, Present and Future Exhibit
The Fayetteville State University Fine Art Collection

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February
5th

7pm-10pm

 

The Arts Center Gallery

Five local poets give original and inspirational poetic reflections on the impact of selected works showcased in the Conserving Legacies exhibit.

Artists: Myra Clark, Leskeisha Sandidge, Nick Courman, Kimberly Mclean, and Jamela Ltaro.

Host: Sherris Johnson.

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Spoken word panel of storytellers explore the history of three poetic scenes that have greatly influenced the spoken word art form by detailing its roots in North Carolina and beyond.

Artists: Dasan Ahanu (Durham, NC), Boris "Bluz" Rogers (Charlotte, NC), and Neil Ray (Fayetteville, NC).

Host: Lejuane Bowens (Fayetteville, NC).

February
12th

8pm-10pm

 

The Arts Center Gallery

ART TO HEART: History of NC Poetry

ARTspired: Where The Paintbrush and Pen Collide

February
13th

7pm-9pm

 

SkyView

Book Black Women, LLC presents...
FOUR WOMEN

An Arts Council Mini Grant recipient, this concert-like experience showcases the vocal talents of home-grown melanated queens! 

Performers: Ashley Jones, Desireé Tolodziecki, Antoinette Holden, Ayana Washington.

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Deep River Podcast Launch
Rediscovering The Spirituals: A Learn & Listen Experience

February
20th

5pm-7pm

 

The Arts Center Gallery

Paul Anderson II, an Arts Council Mini Grant recipient, explores the history of the Negro Spirituals. Featured performances will be paired with discussions that provide an in-depth overview of the history and meaning behind the folk songs that shaped the musical foundation of our nation and several of today's popular genres.

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Curator Dwight Smith, Artist and Associate Professor of Performing and Fine Arts at Fayetteville State University, discusses the concept for the Conserving Legacies exhibit, the history of selected art pieces, and its impact on American art.

February
23rd

6pm-8pm

 

The Arts Center Gallery

March
5th

5pm-7pm

 

The Arts Center Gallery

Artist Talk with Dwight Smith
CONSERVING LEGACIES: Past, Present and Future Exhibit

Features a Professional Writer’s Panel Discussion, Children’s StoryTime, Literary Café, and more. Host: Nia-Tayler Clark.

BlackLIT Book Fair

A positive, educational, and cultural community where those who have been misrepresented, underrepresented, and invisible in classroom literature are consciously uplifted. BlackLIT is an intentional effort to make literacy relatable and relevant to inspire younger generations and keep a love for literacy present in our community.

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Throughout the month of February, Magic 106.9 will highlight the accomplishments and talents of selected Future Leaders that are making a difference in our community. Each Future Leader will receive a Visa Gift Card with a grand prize winner receiving a new tablet courtesy of recording artist Tiwa Savage and Motown Records!

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