YWCA Lancaster’s Black Artist Waystation to host presentations in June to showcase African-American creativity
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LANCASTER COUNTY, PA – The Black Artist Waystation at YWCA Lancaster will feature visual art, film and performance displays for Juneteenth to celebrate African American creativity and history in the community.
Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of the last slaves in the south.
“People of African descent have been in Lancaster County since the late 1700s,” said Tony Collins, creator of the Black Artist Waystation. “They fought in every battle. Their ancestors are buried here.
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Organizers said 28 Lancaster Artivists were nominated and four projects received honoraria of $ 500.
The first presentation took place Thursday evening and on the lawn of the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. The exhibit featured a public walking tour of a photo exhibit featuring images and stories from the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in the county in the summer of 2020.
Attendees could also ask the artists, Shelby and Jordan Wormley questions during the exhibit. There will also be an exhibition open from Friday to June 30.
Gerri McCritty will host an interactive project at the YWCA Lancaster Friday at noon where participants are encouraged to learn and identify with different races. You can also attend the exhibition open until September 1st.
Viewers will be educated on the effect of oppressive systems on the black and brown community during two film screenings at Pocket Park (SOWE) in Fremont and Filbert Streets. Organizers said attendees should bring their own lawn chair or blanket. These films are by Grace Berry and will be screened at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,
Also on Saturdays at Reservoir Park at noon and Crystal Park at 3 p.m., there will be interactive performances to understand how watermelon uplifts the spirit of black life in the African Diaspora.
The Black Artist Waystation explores the connection between Lancaster as an Underground Railroad station and the liberation of blacks today.