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Gallery Talk with Affrilachian Artist Travelling Studio curator, Marie Cochran
February 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 amFree
Free and open to the public!
Join us on Saturday, February 15th for the Curator Talk from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery for a discussion about the African American artist experience in Appalachia.
Affrilachian (af-run-Lat-shun) adj. relating to an African American who was born or lives in Appalachia, a mountain system in eastern North America that stretches from Quebec and Maine in the north to parts of SC, GA, AL, and MS in the Deep South.
The Affrilachian Artist Project was created by founding artist/curator, Marie T. Cochran, who adopted the term after the pioneering work of the Affrilachian Poets. (The term itself was coined by Frank X Walker who was s founding member of this group of Kentucky poets.) Inspired by their writings and the old time/bluegrass musical performances of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cochran debuted a digital showcase of the Affrilachian Artist Project during the first “Symposium on Affrilachia” at the University of Kentucky March 2011. Her original motivation was to create a directory of African American visual artists with roots in or ties to Appalachia. Later that year, Cochran co-curated the inaugural museum exhibition of the Affrilachian Artist Project at the August Wilson Center for African American Art and Culture in Pittsburgh, the region’s unofficial “Urban Capitol.” In time, Cochran took on the task of sharing information amongst artists and community organizers in the region. The Affrilachian Artist Project is an increasing network of African American artists who live and work in the Appalachian region.
Light refreshments will be provided.