(Higher Ground by Kimberly M. Becoat)
The idea for Race and Revolution was born out of feeling disempowered by all of the racial violence and vitriol that has been occurring in the United States. The exhibitions generated by Race and Revolution aim to bring the conversation of race and racism from the past into the present by displaying excerpts from historical documents with contemporary artworks. The two act as if in dialogue with each other, communicating patterns of systemic racism and white supremacy. The interpretive nature of art allows a viewer to respond in a personal way, while the language of historical documents speaks to the facts.
In 2016 Race and Revolution tackled racism during the American Revolution. Still Separate - Still Unequal, opening at the August Wilson Cultural Center in April, looks at the enduring legacy of school segregation. The artists, most of them classroom teachers, share their talents and firsthand experiences of school culture in the 21st Century United States. Reimagining Monuments contemplates the reductive relationship between historical memory and monuments.
Moving forward Race and Revolution plans to align its mission with education institutions through curriculum guides that offer copies of the art and documents that can be used as supplements to current education objectives. It is time to create a true history of the United States, one that is inclusive and balanced and honors those who shaped it.