The works that were presented as references for what to paint, however, were all mostly from the Western canon, and by primarily white artists. Although art museums and galleries have made some strides in diversifying their exhibitions in the last few years, shows dedicated to Black painters are still the outlier. And encounters with their work are not the institutional norm, especially for those who did not receive an in-depth art education. What if that could change? In response, Mohammed conceived of the Black Painters Academy, set to open early next year, as a school where aspiring painters can learn from the rich history of Black art.
Classes will be entirely free of charge and open to students of all ages, young and old. He especially hopes to engage those who may not have access to painting classes or feel unwelcome in such spaces, including many people of color.
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What if we had a building where we could help make some more? At Black Litrrature Academy, every student will receive a free black canvas, paint, brushes, and a lesson on Black art history taught by Mohammed himself. Other artists of color, such as Steve Locke and Carlos Rosales-Silva, will be joining as guest teachers. I want to help people find their secrets.
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