The Mead is proud to support the fifth installment of the Black Art Matters Festival in partnership with the Black Student Union, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and Arts at Amherst Initiative. The Black Art Matters Festival is an affirmation and celebration of Black student artists and creators.
Zoe Akoto (class of 2021) created the Black Art Matters Festival in 2018 when she noticed a lack of opportunities to celebrate the creative work of Black students on campus. This year, the Black Art Matters Festival will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at the Mead Art Museum and will feature live dance, music and spoken-word performances in the galleries. If you're unable to attend in real time, watch the livestream at amherst.edu/mead.
Participants in this year's visual arts exhibition are Ayo Eniola '24, Neviah Waldron '24, Zachary River '24E, Abadai Zoboi '25, Zora Duncan '23, Maelle Sannon '24, Kendall Greene '24, Tiia McKinney '25 and Alana Bailey '23.
Performers in this year's festival include Quincy Smith '25, Andrenae Jones '23, Kiiren Jackson '24, Ernest Collins Jr. '23, Joseph-Jerome Raymond '24, Zulimah Sawab '22, ACora Hickson '25, Anniyah Rawlins '23, Corri Hickson '25, Iryna Sobchyshyna '24, Justin Ruiz '24, Lemara Williams '22 and Stanley Jackson '25.
This program is a partnership between the Mead Art Museum and the Multicultural resource Center and made possible by support from African and Caribbean Student Union, Alumni and Parent Programs, Amherst Association of Students, Arts at Amherst Initiative, Black Student Union, The Common, Communications, Frost Library, Loeb Center, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Identity and Cultural Resources, and Student Activities.
This showcase was prepared and installed by John Thornbury with support from Lisa Crossman and the BAM Core Planning Team. The BAM Core Planning Team is Kai Ahmadu '22, Danielle Amodeo, Kendall Greene '24, Kiiren Jackson '24, Grace Nyanchoka '24, Ellen Mutter and Eboni Rafus-Brenning.