One of our Artivists obtained a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation to bring public conversations around racial unity to Exeter for the Racial Unity Team in the form of a walk, “Culture Keeper | Culture Maker” art class, and finale art show…what fun! So here we have mural #2.
So naturally a few other Artivists signed up for the 8-week diversity art class, which met twice a week. Here is what we experienced:
After two weeks of discussion, facilitated by artist Richard Haynes and Diversity expert Kristen Butterfield of UNH, each art student was taught to depict a future vision of racial unity from a historical photograph or symbol. Shown below is “Baton Rouge Goddess” whose bold double helix encourages the viewer to think about the 99% of DNA that we all share.
Artivists and other members of the community created 13 small works of art in the style of the artist Richard Haynes. One of the artworks won the popular vote to be painted by all on a 6-foot mural (below).
The public was invited to the art show at the town hall during Exeter’s third annual “Walk a Mile for Racial Unity” day. By request of the Racial Unity Team, the town historian had identified and written about twelve notable inter-racial spots in downtown and guided tours were given to 300 walkers this year. Walkers were then invited into the olde town hall to view the art show and to join in one of several small group discussions.
Want to know more about it so you can try it in your town? Read some articles from the papers here.
Where to Find Us Next
- Look for the exhibit at the Exeter Chamber of Commerce new Visitor Center through November 24, 2017.
- November 29 – December 15: Catch the exhibit at the Exeter Holiday Show at the Town Hall (upstairs).
- In January, find us at the Exeter Library.
- In February: See us at the YMCA.
From there, the exhibit is being lined up to visit other seacoast libraries. We hope to inspire conversations about building racial unity and community.
Watch for offerings to join an upcoming Culture Keepers | Culture Makers art project! The NH Charitable Foundation has awarded funding to a group in Durham to run another project with artist Richard Haynes for the months of February/March. It’s free! All you have to do is show up for a rewarding experience!
Meanwhile, enjoy the artwork!