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Roots: A Black Heritage Art Show

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During Black History Month, AmadorArts is proud to present “ROOTS: A Black Heritage Art Show”. This landmark exhibit will celebrate the contributions of Black Americans with a presentation of art and artistry by our fellow citizens. The celebration of art and culture in America recognizes the contribution of all our various citizens over the course of our history.

Black History Month is an established, nationally recognized observance that honors the lives, experiences, and history of Blacks in America. For almost 50 years, it has reminded us of the extraordinary men and women who achieved incredible things often in the face of unimaginable injustice and inequality. All too often the contributions of Black Americans, as well as those of women and other marginalized groups, have been forgotten or purposely relegated into the obscurity of a lost history amid bigotry and discrimination. Since Africans arrived on the shores of North America some 400 years ago, they have made significant contributions to the American motif in various fields including art, music, science, politics, technology, geographic exploration and industry.

This year, whatever your background and whoever you are, we hope that you will embrace Black History Month and everything it represents. AmadorArts would like people to have a better understanding of African American culture and what it means to be recognized for contributions to the community in which we live. “Roots” is a perfect art show for all artists who want to nurture intercultural and inclusive rural communities.

As an interesting tidbit, local historians report that Alex Haley made the final compilation of his famous novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family from within the old Volcano Schoolhouse, which he rented for that project. In addition, here is a link “Documenting The History Of African-Americans In The California Gold Rush”: http://www.kolumnmagazine.com/2016/09/19/documenting-history-african-americans-california-gold-rush/

Worldwide, all artists of all skill levels, all media, and all ages are welcome to submit works of visual, performing, music, multimedia, and literary arts. Pieces must be delivered by January 11th, 2021 to Amador County Arts Council, ready to hang/present, and with no exposed jagged edges or glass.

Artists may include artist bio and statement, maximum 500 characters. Works may be for sale. If sold, 30% of sales price is a contribution to Amador County Arts Council. Artwork, signed gallery form, along with bio & statement must be delivered to the Amador County Arts Council no later than January 11th. No fee to enter show. Questions can be directed to Program Coordinator, Alyssa Vargas at alyssa.amadorarts@gmail.com. This show is made possible by the Amador County Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.