The Marshall J. Gardner Center will host an exhibit of black art

A Black History Month exhibit is coming to the Marshall J. Gardner.

“Blooming from Trauma: The Intersection of Tapestry and Activist Art” will be on display at the art center at 540 S. Lake St. from February 2 to March 8.

Teena’s Legacy, a nonprofit organization that teaches black women how to reupholster furniture to economically empower them to have a better life, will organize the exhibit.

“Our goal is to create a transformative experience that celebrates the power of art and culture, providing a unique and engaging entry point for people to explore and engage in critical discussions about the traumas and triumphs of African and Black history, using tapestry as a vehicle to pave the way ,” said founder and CEO Jamika Smith.

The exhibit was funded through crowd funding and a matching grant from the Indiana Office of Housing and Community Development’s CreatINg Places program.

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“African and black history is an essential part of American history,” said Lt. Gov. Susan Crouch, Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “That’s why it’s so important to recognize and celebrate the contributions of African and Black Americans, past and present, by teaching our children the lessons of history that they may not learn as part of the everyday school curriculum.”

The exhibition will feature 14 recycled chairs, a reupholstered sofa and love seat, three tables, visual art and textiles. Six artists created works about the struggles and resilience of the black community.

“Our goal is to create a transformative experience that celebrates the power of art and culture,” Smith said. “We aim to provide a unique and compelling entry point for people to explore and engage in critical discussions about the traumas and triumphs of African and black history, using tapestry as a means of paving the way.”

The CreatINg Places program provided $7.8 million in public funding for art projects, which raised an additional $9.6 million in funding. Projects must cost at least $10,000 to be eligible. Artists and artistic groups can receive matching grants of up to $50,000 per project.

The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or tickets, call 219-885-9114 or visit millerbeacharts.org.

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