“Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks. Think about how children play. They run around the playground, they trip, they fall, they get up and run some more. They believe everything will be all right. They feel capable; they let go. “

FAITH RINGGOLD

This Month we celebrate Black History Month and the Black Americans that have fought against all odds to ensure their voices are heard. Black Art has always been essential in the art world, from the traditional masks that inspired Picaso’s works to today’s contemporary giants such as Kehinde Wiley, Carrie Mae Weems, and Faith Ringgold. It’s important we acknowledge the impact of artists of color in today society.

In this month’s newsletter we highlight Seeds students from across the diaspora. We’re honored to share a story by Kacia Jade Diente about a man with nothing but his art, leaving a lasting impact. We also present on Fable Jones, a long time student and teacher at the League, who comes to the The Art Students League for what he calls a “fine-tuning.”

This months Inspiration Stories highlight different forms of success in the arts; whether it be traditional artists, gallerists, or collectors,.Black people are taking up space in all sectors of the art world! At just 26, Cierra Britton has developed a gallery dedicated to providing women and femmes of color with platforms they deserve. Ellen Gallagher uses her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum to transform the historic building’s gallery space into a consideration of the future. Lastly, on February 10th,  musical and cultural icons Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) and Alicia Keys will be displaying works from their collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

Check back next month for our next newsletter!

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At 26, Cierra Britton Is Already Fulfilling Her Dream: Opening an Art Gallery Dedicated to Supporting Women of Color

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Not Down in any map:

the art of Ellen Gallagher

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Brooklyn Museum, Courting Pop-Culture Icons, Readies for Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

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