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Learn about the rich history and heritage of our community through this educational program offered by The Finkelstein Memorial Library and The Gordon Center for Black Culture and Arts.
Storytelling continues to be an activity worthy of celebrating!
Take a well-deserved break from the stress in your life with some history of comic relief provided by people who themselves faced obstacles and barriers to make people laugh.
We were a sponsor at the MLK Unity Day Celebration. The Gordon Center had a table at the event and placed an Ad in the Journal. Enjoyed being in the community and Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” Speech. The theme was “Yesterday's Dream Deferred Today’s Dream Come True”. Barbara S. Williams and Great Grandson Masai Williams teamed up to encourage membership.
Michele Paraison stopped by to show her face and let us know she still supports the Gordon Center.
Say Hello to and smile at five strangers
Compliment the first three people you see today
Make sure people feel seen and heard
Leave a kind server the largest tip you can afford
List things you love about a family member or friend
Send a thank you note to your local firefighter
Take flowers or baked goods to nurses
Spread some encouragement online
The screening of moving storytelling by people defending Mother nature on the front lines who experience the trauma first-hand was followed by a lively discussion with Ramapo Lenape Water Protector Aaron Davis
It was heartwarming to witness so many young people in attendance and asking thoughtful questions.
Celebrating the opening of the Charles White: Influences exhibition at the Rockland Center for the Arts. Daly Flanagan, director was presented an award recognizing 75 years of service in the County of Rockland by Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick. Sharing this honor with her are Barbara Williams, Gordon BCA, Judah Fournier ,photographer, Barbara Galazzo, curator, Newton Paul, artist and other staff members who contributed to making this event awesome.
Collette V. Fournier's spoke about her photographic work and hosted a virtual lecture sharing the adventures she had while searching for her roots. With camera in tow she captured interesting events, people and places in her travels around the globe.
Dr. Edmond Gordon, Dr. Halima Taha, Alonzo Adams and Dionis Ortiz were panelist who provided a stimulating conversation around the influence of Charles White's work.
Gale Fulton Ross cites Charles White as one of many influencers on her work. Her work "Mother Crucifix", she writes "I painted this as a tribute to all struggling Black Mothers...we grow old and tired bending like trees in the wind. We don't break."
Artist of all levels enjoyed a day with their family. Kanitra Perrault lead workshops for families to find their artistic flow. Light refreshments and transportation were provided to remove some barriers that may take away from the artistic creativity we are all born with.
People from all walks of life came to see how artist express themselves. And perhaps be inspired by the works of art.
A diverse group of people came together under one roof to share a common interest. Refreshing!
A great way to bond without saying a word. Just get lost in the art.
From the institutions and organizations who loaned the Charles White: Influences Exhibition material, to the organizations who provided the funding to make the events possible, to the Artists who shared their talent, to the staff at the Rockland Center for the Arts, and to the folks who came to see the exhibitions and participate in the events we deeply appreciate your time and interest. And lastly, a special thank you to all those not mentioned above but who played a part in making the Charles White: Influences Exhibition a success.
Edmund W. Gordon Centennial Conference Closing Ceremony. Featuring remarks by Professor Edmund W. Gordon and his friends, family and former students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRRXpVrwMuU
"Jun 10, 2021 — Dr. Gordon turns 100 years old this month, and celebrations are underway across the country. " Celebrating A Centenarian: Dr. Edmund Gordon, SPA/MA '50 ...https://www.american.edu › Alumni › News
"At 100 years old, Edmund Gordon thinks the key to schooling starts at home. "
The Washington Post on line, education › 2021/06/13 ›
Photographs told the story of precious moments honoring Dr. Edmund Gordon's work.
A play by Samuel Harps is based on the true story of the first black theater company established in New York in 1821, and the first to perform Othello with a Negro actor.
Dedicated cast members hard at work
Over 100 theatergoers stood to show their appreciation of the performance.
Award-Winning Woman’s Prison Drama
Inspired by the true story of the first woman to give birth in prison.
Written by Samuel Harps
Left to right: Keith Bulluck (as Nelson Mandela), Kevin Barksdake, Steve Allen (kneeling) and
John DeBlasio from the production of "Antigone on Robben Island: Nelson Mandela Takes
the Stage." (Photo: Contributed)
Beyond The Wall is an extensive art experience centering on the Black and brown people of Spring Valley, New York. It features visual artwork, live performances, poetry, dance, and all art has to encompass.
Well-deserved acknowledgment of his unwavering commitment to social justice and the depth of his knowledge, resources, and creativity he freely gives to make life better for others.
Charles Wilbert White, Jr. (April 2, 1918 – October 3, 1979) was an American artist known for his chronicling of African American related subjects in paintings and murals. White's best known work is The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy, a mural at Hampton University. In 2018, the centenary year of his birth, the first major retrospective exhibition of his work was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art.
From 1964 to his death in 1979, White was on the faculty at Otis College of Art and Design (then known as Otis Art Institute), eventually serving as Chair of the Drawing Dept. While at Otis, he was a beacon for young African American artists who came to study with him, among them Alonzo Davis, David Hammons, and Kerry James Marshall.
An elementary school has been named after him and is located on the former Otis College campus.
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