SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – During the month of February, Springfield Technical Community College continues to celebrate Black History Month. Wednesday’s event used art and images to raise issues of racial injustice.
Artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas lead a group of people in a “wearable-art” workshop at the school’s Carberry Fine Arts Gallery.
Visitors were encouraged to ask questions about the source of the artist’s concerns. One painting depicts an unarmed black youth slain by a police officer.
Douglas told 22News, she takes special pride in one painting about African Americans who serve in the military, in which her brother served as a model.
“He felt that was the only way to get out of the ghetto,” said Douglas. “So I wanted to create this piece as a way of protesting his ideas that he had to serve.”
Douglas’s art exhibit “Fallacies of a Black Identity Enthusiast,” is on view now through February 29 at the Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery at STCC.