Black History Month 2022
Bethany Arts Community honors Black History Month with a series of Events & Exhibition
Black History Month at Bethany Arts Community
Bethany Arts Community is pleased to honor Black History Month
with an exhibit and series of events
Feb 6 – Mar 12, 2022
Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.
The 2022 “Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE,” exhibit will dive deep into the Black experience in Ossining and beyond.
This exhibition is a response to many questions about Black history in Ossining and in the United States. The art and artifacts presented represent some of the untold Black stories, including this country’s “original sin” of slavery, in an effort to educate, encourage, and facilitate dialogue. The content may be uncomfortable for some but will be cathartic for others as we attempt to dismantle the forced narrative of the prevailing majority by uncovering and displaying history as it was experienced by Black Americans with a particular focus on Ossining.
Each gallery tackles issues affecting the Black community both historically and today. The art chosen depicts different decades in history to encourage visitors to interact with and reflect on what they think they know.
Visitors will be taken on a journey starting with the powerfully crafted artwork of Lamine Barro that depicts the middle passage accompanied by the sounds of people being forcefully removed from their homeland. Visitors will be challenged to rethink the lessons of their adolescence about our shared history during the formation of this country. Our hope is to evoke emotions, start dialogues, and invite visitors to share in the stories of the struggle, rejoice in the triumphs, and acknowledge the resilience of the brave men and women of the Black community.
This is a celebration of Black heritage, Black contribution and excellence, and American history.
“My hope is that what is learned here is passed on until we have all learned the history that has been omitted, suppressed, and overlooked. Until we tackle our past, we will not be able to effectively move toward a more equitable future.”
—Joyce Sharrock Cole, Ossining Village Historian
This exhibit would not have been possible without the help and support of the Ossining community.
Curated by Joyce Sharrock Cole
Please join us in congratulating Joyce Sharrock Cole, recipient of the 2021 “Heritage & History” award presented by Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick. Joyce, Ossining Village Historian, was recognized for her work in creating the Ossining COVID project, as well as curating the first Ossining Black History and Culture Exhibit at Bethany Arts Community in 2021.
Feb 6 @ 4pm
Exhibit Opening: Ossining Black History & Culture
Feb 16 - Mar 9 @ 6pm
Guided tours and talks with the curator.
February 19 @ 7pm
Base Camp Black History Month Concert
Feb 22 @ 7pm
Artist Talk with Joe Chambers
Feb 25 @ 7pm
Paint and Poetry Jam
March 12 @ 7pm
Youth Talent and Fashion Show
March 19 @ 8pm
Ladies of Hip Hop – Public Show and Tell
This year, thanks to our committed Board members and the participation of designer and artist, Donna Chambers, we are launching our 2022 Bethany Connects Raffle, an opportunity for our Bethany community to acquire a one-of-a kind Donna Chambers quilt. Donna’s quilts were included in the Bethany Arts Community Black History month exhibition, “Ossining Black History & Culture: RESILIENCE. DEDICATION. EXCELLENCE.”
Donna Chambers is an award winning jewelry designer and quilt artist. She was born and raised in Ossining, New York. After graduating from Ossining High School, Donna earned her BA in fine art from Pratt institute with a focus on fashion, art and design. The richness of color and texture of her quilts and jewelry pays tribute to Vera Newman, a famed mid-century modern textile designer, who Donna had the honor of working for while in her design studio at Printex. Quilting has become a passion for Donna and it is actively combining the many threads of her life whether it be fashion, family, love, comfort or social commentary.
“Sticks and Stones” Art Quilt by Donna Chambers
The quilt measures 5’6”x 6’8” and is vertically oriented, signed and named on the reverse side. It is machine pieced and quilted. “Sticks and Stones” is made of 100% Cotton Domestic and African Fabric and was created during the many difficult lockdown days of the Covid-19. Donna describes the quilt as ”soothing and calming” and “filled with love”, noting that the purple cloth speckled with gold thread hints at images of African royalty. The movement of a narrow strips of African fabric are enhanced by the Royal richness of the purple background and golden threads. Of course, this magnificent quilt is best appreciated when seen and felt.
ONE RAFFLE TICKET: $25
FIVE RAFFLE TICKETS: $100
Be a Community Sponsor
Show your support for this beautiful tribute to Ossining’s Black history and community. Be a part of the exhibit and show. Your donation of $10 or $25 gets your name, or the name of a loved one, on the community wall for all exhibit visitors to see. Make one donation or more to recognize those you love!
Please submit your donation as early as possible, and by February 1, to have your or your loved one’s name on the wall for the exhibit opening!
Sponsor Black History Month at Bethany Arts Community
This year the exhibit will run from Friday, February 4, 2022, with an official opening reception through March 2022. This is truly a labor of love, enlightenment, and lessons. Bethany Arts Community seeks sponsorship to support the success of this wonderful exhibition of black history and culture. Please take a moment to read the Sponsorship information..
This proposal offers unique opportunities for our community, art lovers, businesses, and individuals to support. Businesses can have their brands prominently displayed in conjunction with this amazing exhibit. Sponsorships will be taken on a rolling basis.