To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the artist collective will mount the exhibition “The Art of Justice: Honoring and Continuing a Movement for Equality through Artistic Expression.” The works of over 50 artists, in various genres, will be featured. The exhibition is inspired by and the collection reflects the artists’ impression of the historical as well as the current state of justice in America and on-going efforts to achieve racial equality. Exhibit organizer and artist Michael Anthony Brown believes “Through art, we can visually plant a seed for justice and change.”
The opening reception for The Art of Justice exhibition will be held on the eve of the National Action Network’s March on Washington Friday, August 23rd 2013, 5-8pm at the Mount Rainier Artists Loft Gallery. The gallery is located at 3311 Rhode Island Avenue in Mount Rainier, Maryland. On Tuesday, August 27th 2013, Ayanna Gregory will be the featured artist for the pre-march celebration. She will be performing excerpts from her critically acclaimed play, “Daughter of the Struggle.” Gregory poignantly recounts the trials and tribulations of growing up as the daughter of Civil Rights Activist, Dick Gregory. The reception is from 5-8pm. Otherwise, the gallery is open daily from 12 noon to 7pm. The “Art of Justice” runs through Sunday, September 8, 2013. The gallery is Metro and handicapped accessible.
The Art of Justice is hosted by artists Michael Anthony Brown, Toni George and Greg Scott. Michael Anthony Brown, a native Washingtonian, is an internationally renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker. One of his most famous prints is the commemorative poster for the Million Man March on Washington in October of 1995. Other featured, local and national, artists include: Simmie Knox, Larry Poncho Brown, Arthur Dawson, Juliette Madison, Reggie Yazid Pointer, James Brown, Jr., Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Deborah Shedrick, Francis Washington, Brianna Faulkner, Kwame Opare and Dalhia Perryman. The full list of artists is available at www.theartofjustice.org. The exhibit will also feature a masterful collection of quilts from “American Spring: A Cause for Justice,” created by the Fiber Artists for Hope Quilting Guild.
The Art of Justice exhibition is slated to expand in size and scope and travel nationally. Fundraising efforts are currently underway to achieve this goal. The Art of Justice movement strives to foster a new generation of social awareness which empowers activism to dispel social injustice at its roots. “We endeavor to spark an honest dialogue on the state of race in America. Only by acknowledging the ever changing ethnic landscape and embracing our diversity, can we make strides towards equality. By honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, we honor an indelible legacy of courage and sacrifice demonstrated by a movement. While the world watched, armed only with a desire for civil rights, justice and equality, the Freedom Fighters of 1963 stood their ground and helped shape a nation. “We honor the contributions of those who came before us. Through the ‘Art of Justice,’ we protect and continue their legacy.”