1968: Recall and Respond Colloquium
Sunday, April 22, 2018
2 - 6 PM
Join us for an afternoon addressing multi-generational perspectives on how the arts bring people together to resolve the misunderstandings that divide society. The 1968: Recall & Respond Colloquium is part of the citywide Wilmington 1968 initiative and features local and regional panelists celebrating the major artistic and educational contributions of Percy Ricks, a pioneer art advocate and educator in Delaware. Recognizing a deficit in the representation of black artists, Percy Ricks founded the arts advocacy organization Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. The panel will highlight diversity as an asset that provides inspiration for new cultural policies, preserves human dignity in times of unrest, and opens up the possibilities for tolerance, understanding, healing, and transformation.
Meet and hear from African-American leaders in the community, as well as scholars and artists. Colette Gaiter will provide the keynote address. Panelists include: Raye Jones Avery, Jamie Loper, Terrance Vann, with Dr. Julie McGee serving as moderator.
Silent auction of a painting by Wilmington artist Terrance Vann, a recent DDOA Individual Artist Fellowship recipient. All proceeds will support our arts education programming for underrepresented individuals and communities.
Guided tour of the correlating exhibition, Guardians of the Image Makers.
1968: Recall & Respond is in conjunction with major thematic programming at the Delaware Historical Society and the Delaware Art Museum known as the Wilmington 1968 Project.
2:00: Silent auction begins
2:00 - 2:10: Welcome remarks and introductions
2:10 - 2:45: Colette Gaiter, keynote speaker
2:45 – 3:00: Raye Jones Avery, presenter
3:00 - 3:15: Terrance Vann, presenter
3:15 - 3:30: Jamie Loper, presenter
3:30 – 4:00: Break and tour of exhibition, Guardians of the Image Makers
4:00 - 4:30: Town hall roundtable led by moderator Dr. Julie McGee
4:30 - 5:00: Audience Q&A
5:00 - 6:00: Optional sit-down dinner
6:00: Silent auction closes
The colloquium is FREE and open to the public from 2 - 5 PM
*The optional dinner with limited seating starts at 5 PM. Tickets: $30
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Enjoy a seated dinner in the gallery catered by Outlandish.
Dinner ticket: $30
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Raye Jones Avery
Raye Jones Avery serves as the Executive Director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center, where she has been the major player in the establishment and continuation of the arts in the Delaware. The legacy of Dr. James Newton has influenced the center’s programming since 1969 to preserve African-American cultural heritage and drives her passion for persistent arts education in the classroom.
Artist Terrance Vann began to describe his work as neo-Afro-surrealism, having seen the disparity of genres attributed to African-Americans. Vann infuses elements of contemporary street culture into his work and explories the human experience though symbols and colorful graffiti-like iconography. He is a recent DDOA Individual Artist Fellowship recipient.
Jamie Loper has the distinct perspective of growing up in the Loper family. His father and grandfather were both distinguished artists, educators, and collectors bringing creativity to center stage from an early age. His father, Wilmington born Edward Loper, Jr, headed the Visual Arts Department at Christiana Cultural Arts Center and his works have been showcased in the prestigious Barnes Foundation as well as numerous national exhibitions and cultural festivals.
Dr. Julie McGee
Dr. Julie McGee has written scholarly articles on the subject of black studies. In 2006, McGee penned the book, David C. Driskell: Artist and Scholar, the renowned African American artist. McGee serves as curator of African American art and Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of Delaware. She was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage before coming to UD.