Human Relations News

An exhibition of visual art by high school and Wake Forest University students that explores racial attitudes and diversity will be held Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Liberty Arts Center at 526 North Liberty Street. The exhibition, titled "The Big Tent: Transforming Race" is free and open to the public.

This is the second year that the Human Relations Department and the Wake Forest Art Department have collaborated to sponsor a "Transforming Race" art project. The high school and college students work together in pairs to create art that expresses the problems and joys of living in a multi-racial, post-segregation society and to communicate the issues of racial identity to the community.

Their art will be displayed at the Liberty Arts Center for just one evening before traveling to high schools throughout the county during the next academic year. As part of the traveling exhibition, a "big tent" will be created to display the art.

The Big Tent: Transforming Race is again being underwritten with a $4,500 grant from the ACCORD Initiative of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. The ACCORD initiative, which stands for Artists Contributing to Civic-Oriented and Responsive Democracy, is dedicated to sparking dialogue about the essential role of the arts and civic-minded artists within a thriving democracy. The grant will compensate the college artists.

For more information about the Transforming Race project, call CityLink at 727-8000. For more information about the exhibition May 19, call 722-0030.


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