Join a discussion with artist Clottee Hammons, founder of Emancipation Arts. Examine local history and the impacts and barriers in the arts. While we see the pursuit diversity prevalent in our communities, arts opportunities and outcomes speak for themselves in "The Valley of The Sun."
Clottee Hammons began her arts career as a kindergartener at Monroe School (now The Children’s Museum) thanks to her teacher Ms. Anderson. Her teacher papered the classroom walls and let Clottee draw and paint murals whenever she wanted; even during nap time.
"Art was clearly my destiny and I didn’t resist. However this occurred shortly after desegregation in public schools, which never truly took hold in society or in general--- and specifically in the local arts."
Reserve now as seats are limited!
When: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Where: Arts HQ Gallery
16126 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374
Cost: $15.00 per person
About the Artist: Clottee Hammons
Clottee Hammons is an Artist, Curator, Writer, Poet, Activist, Educator and Prevention Specialist. She views her special call as a "community builder" and works in grateful collaboration with numerous artists, organizations and individuals while being conscientious and mindful of honoring her ancestors.
Ms. Hammons is the founder and Creative Director of Emancipation Arts LLC. The Mission of Emancipation Arts is to raise the profile of Black artists and honor our African and enslaved ancestors through measurably influencing, constructively impacting, and fortifying under-served, at-risk or neglected populations; with particular focus on African American, African and Caribbean immigrant and African refugee communities in Maricopa County, through Arts practices and egalitarian collaborations.
She has created art, curated exhibitions, cultivated collaborative relationships, conducted cultural competency engagements for Arts organizations, organized literary events and musical performances. Ms. Hammons is passionate about literature, history, libraries and librarians. She is the creator and ongoing facilitator of the Emancipation Marathon; which is a literary tradition that honors the victims of American Chattel Slavery. The Emancipation Marathon will celebrate a twenty-sixth season in June 2022 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix.
The ongoing “The Great Migration – Indiscernibles in Arizona” exhibition can be seen at Heritage Square. The exhibition is a facet of the expanding quest to include Blacks in the historical narrative of how Blacks came to Arizona and why they stay.
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