Supporting the arts in SL during Black History Month
News / February 11, 2023 February 16, 2023 / By Plum
The first of February marks the beginning of Black History Month (BHM), an annual celebration of the endless contributions people of the diaspora have made to society. With the arts in mind, there are notable movements in RL including the Harlem Renaissance; an influential movement of African-American art, literature, music, and theater. Artistic activism during the civil rights movement and (although not solely focused on art) the Black Lives Matter movement have led to large-scale murals and public artworks that convey hope and solidarity. Black art gives voice to those previously silenced. At the same time, several art movements have celebrated the beauty, prosperity and just plain ole joy of Black culture. Personally I am looking forward to the rise in Afrofuturism. Imagining speculative futures and technologies that blossom out from Black experiences. Artistic expression in the black community expands the globe!
Many organizations in Second Life have launched special events and exhibitions in celebration of BHM, and here, SLEA is compiling a roundup of galleries, museums and installations to be explored. Additionally, it’s always a good time to engage with institutions across the grid that are dedicated to championing underrepresented people’s history year-round and diversifying their engagement. This Black history month is the first of many “History Months” where we use our platform to highlight artists that support the genre. SL is a vast and complex world so obviously this list is not exhaustive of all of the arts in SL, and admittedly this is mostly from my personal favorites. Please add your favorite artist, gallery, exhibit or museum in the comments if to add to my collection!
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