Passages Art Show and Sale
Sat., Sept. 28, 12-7 p.m., Sun., Sept. 29, 12-6 p.m., Fri., Oct. 4, 12-7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 5, 12-7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 6, 12-6 p.m. 2013
If you could write about race with total anonymity, what would you say? You’ll get your chance this September, when the Passages Art Collective holds their annual art show and sale at the Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street. The art show will feature prominent African-American artists including James Denmark, whose work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the batik artist Arianne King Comer. Artist and event organizer Cookie Washington decided to host the show to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the church, which has a long and storied history — Denmark Vesey, a former slave who was executed for planning a slave rebellion in 1821, was a member there. “We’re honored that this church with such a proud history is allowing us to have our show there,” Washington says. In addition to the works on display, artists will be making “race cards” as part of NPR’s Race Card Project. The project asks people to write down their feelings about race in six words, with those cards then shared with the public. “Because you’re totally anonymous, people are very honest with what they say,” Washington says. “The congregants will also be displaying race cards, and we’re inviting the general public to make them as well.” This could be the only time you’re encouraged to play the race card.