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Remembering Artist in the 21st Century
By: Crystal S Brown, CEO
This year, "2018," although seemingly elementary to accomplished artist, and art historians, the historical works of period artist wouldn't be complete without a mention of the 19th Century American Landscape artist, Robert S Duncanson, 1821-1872. Accordingly, Duncanson is noted among the very First (1st) African American Artist to achieve International acclaim as an Artist (specifically-a Landscape Artist).
African American Artist, and their respective compositions, I surmise, are rare not only in America throughout the world as a result of the diaspora. The following Duncanson composition is selected not just for the overall ascetics, however, although living during one of the most heinous periods in history Duncanson retained a perspective of the world full of vivacious beauty, serenity, and hope which he was able to convey through his color palette,
"On the St. Annes, East Canada" (1863-1865)
Artist: Robert S Duncanson
Medium: Oil on Canvas (9.1" x 15")
Location: The Smithsonian American Art Museum
(The above image is said to be in the public domain: "...the copyright term is the authors life plus one hundred years..." The image is obtained from Wikipedia Commons)
To read more about this phenomenal artist and to view his compositions click here. Throughout history African American Artist, and their respective work(s) are a rare find. To read more about these outstanding men and women visit, the Oxford African American Center.
On the Community
By: Crystal S Brown, CEO
Numerous Community residents are presently enthralled in controversy with the present powers that be over one issue or another, i.e., housing, labor, finance, and now (again) education. Education isn't a new controversy, however, in recent years it has made its' way to the forefront of public debate (again). I'll be brief. Taking away Community public schools isn't the solution to the problems, especially when it can be argued that the administration (or powers that be) is culpable for the ongoing adverse community dynamics.
When then administration understands, accepts, include, and incorporates the community, as the viable residents that they are, and cease arbitrarily obstructing, villanizing, and disenfranchising community residents, perhaps we can begin to focus, and implement the kinds of changes that our children really need.
Taking away housing, businesses, and schools, etc., isn't going to solve the problems--it is just moving the problem from one place to another while exacerbating the issues: Much like what is being done with the homeless population in our society. A close look at a number of individual instances of homeless individuals will reveal that the administration and/or powers that be are indeed culpable for the delima (more will be expounded on this issue soon).
The Public Schools in the Community shouldn't be closed, parents, family members and community residents at large should be called upon to be a part of the solution to keep our children safe while providing a good home, livable income/entitlements AND A GOOD EDUCATION - AT HOME - IN THE COMMUNITY!
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