Black History Month program at STCC explores racial injustice through art

Hampden County

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.

STCC welcomes artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas in Black Month event kickoff

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.

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