This is different from other exhibitions in the museum. It is about NOW. It is also unfinished, because we are in the middle of the story. What happens when a history museum takes on immediate local events through the arts? The Greensboro History Museum virtual exhibition “Pieces of Now: Murals, Masks, Community Stories and Conversations” demonstrates how paying attention to the local in the context of larger events and global artistic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter marries the arts, arts education and history. From face masks to storefront murals demanding racial justice, 2020 has seen amazing expressions across the Gate City and the world. “Pieces of Now…” features street art created as part of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests along with photos, objects and video interviews with artists, organizers and protesters, among them many teachers. In this live session, organized by Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, meet three people crucial to the museum’s response to collect, connect and collaborate to create the exhibit and hear what they are learning about community engagement as a vital education tool. Participants can also engage with exhibition artwork to invite conversation about incorporating local arts, folklife and culture into arts education programs.
Carol Ghiorsi Hart, Director, Greensboro History Museum
Paddy Bowman, Founding Director, Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
Rodney Dawson, Curator of Education, Greensboro History Museum
Virginia Holmes, Artist Activist, Haus of Lacks Arts Cooperative
Access additional 2021 AEP Virtual Gathering resources here.