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Call for artists for ‘Afrocentric Visions’ at Wayne Center for the Arts

DGKN staff report

WOOSTER  The Art of Inclusion, in conjunction with the Wayne Center for the Arts and the local NAACP, is seeking original contemporary art from the public for a one-month indoor exhibit displayed at the Wayne Center for the Arts’ Looney and Gault Galleries, 237 S Walnut St., Wooster.

Artists of all ages, skill sets, and ethnic backgrounds are invited to participate in this opportunity to showcase and sell their creations while enhancing the cultural environment of Wayne County, according to a news release.

The exhibit, “Afrocentric Visions”, is a multifaceted, juried exhibition of artwork that is centered around the African American experience and culture. The exhibit seeks to promote a greater sense of inclusivity within our community through the display of art.

“The goal of this exhibit is to highlight the African American experience,” Allison Allison, creator of Art of Inclusion, said in the news release. “It is our hope that this will be the start of a new tradition for Wayne County.”

Each artist is requested to create their own unique interpretation of the theme. Artwork that shows creativity, as well as a broad range of appeal to the general public, is encouraged. Organizers are looking for artwork that is thought-provoking and eye catching.

“Wayne Center for the Arts has a deep commitment to giving space for diverse voices and conversation through the medium of art,” Sara Starr Brink, executive director of WCA, said in the news release. “We are pleased to work with Art of Inclusion on this event.”

The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of June at the Wayne Center for the Arts. Additional activities at WCA and other locations in the community are planned to impart the significance of celebrating Juneteenth. Opening and closing receptions for the exhibit will be announced soon.

Interested artists should review all criteria and instructions for submission at WayneArtsCenter.org. The final date to submit is May 1.

Art of Inclusion’s mission is to bring the community together, the news release states. It has the specific goal of breaking generational cycles of racism through art & family focused events. Each artwork will be designed with inclusion in mind; and every family event will be focused on peace.

Founded in 1973, Wayne Center for the Arts is the area’s oldest and most comprehensive visual and performing arts organization. With a mission to enrich lives and strengthen communities through art, Wayne Center for the Arts promotes artistic creativity, education and presentation for a collaborative, inclusive and vibrant cultural community.

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