Partnership Exhibition with the Banneker-Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Favorite 



Feb 27 2021


Annapolis, MD

Maryland Hall, in partnership with the Banneker Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, invited Maryland-based Black artists, whose work encapsulates activism and social justice and using the creative process to educate their audiences about diversity, equity and inclusion to send proposals to take one of six 5 ft. x 9 ft tall Black Lives Matter banners, which were hanging on the front steps of Maryland Hall, to use as a canvas for justice. Selected artists were asked to challenge viewers' perception of art by using their individual banner as a platform to discuss social oppression and systemic patterns through visual or performance art. Artists were commissioned $1,000 to design and create their banners.

The artists selected by a panel of jurors, in addition to having their finished banners displayed on our campus, will participate in a curated exhibition, Art of Activism, which will be on display at Maryland Hall. Hand-selected protest art from private collections will be shown throughout the building to complement current activist art.

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This project is set in one of the most popular performing art centers in Annapolis. What made this project successful was its ability to put somewhere as popular as Maryland hall on strike and amplify the voices of local black artists, activists, entrepreneurs during black history month. While the showing was a whole month long, in my eyes, the theater didn't seem to make any major changes in tending towards including black actors/artists as integral parts of their company.