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Truth & Healing – Visual Art Exhibition

July 15 - September 10

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

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See the Truth & Healing Visual Art Exhibition at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center through September 10.  


Running through September 10, the Truth & Healing Visual Art Exhibition – held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Skirball Gallery – features impactful visual art by recipients of ArtsWave’s Black and Brown Artist Program.

This year’s Showcase is focused on the themes of healing, rebirth and reconnecting. Projects will explore and build upon the current artistic commentary of health and race and connect it with historical events and visions of a more equitable future.


Included in the Truth & Healing Visual Art Exhibition are the following Artwork and Artists

“AGAPE” by Asha Ama 

“AGAPE” is a couture collection of men’s and womenswear, exploring gender fluidity and Black people’s intentional separation in relation to our unique ability to possess agape love.


“Hands Behind Your Back!” by Michael Coppage

This project is not meant to demonize police but to highlight the assertion of power over Black bodies and the systemic issues that arise as a result.


“Togetherness” by Julia O. Bianco

“Togetherness” is a work meant to be inhabited and interacted with, inspired by time spent collectively during the winter months, Bianco creates a form of shelter that invokes the feeling of the winter in the woods, as well as the feeling of a safe space to simply be with others.


“I’m Still Listening” by Brent Billingsley

A continuation of the “I’m Listening” project showcasing police/community engagement, this final product is a line of hand-designed, costume-painted, artistically-rendered garments created by high school students.


“Murmurations” by Michael Thompson

“Murmurations” explores the mesmerizing group movement of thousands of starlings as they flock in intricate and undulating patterns during their congregate flight, as well as the power of collective action to protect and progress our communities.


Tickets to The Truth & Healing Visual Art Exhibition

Admission to the Truth and Healing Visual Art Exhibition is included in general admission.

Adults: $16.50
Seniors (60+): $14
Children ages 3-12: $11.50
Children under 3: Free



National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Venue Details

The physical location of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River. The Ohio River was the natural barrier separating southern slave states from the northern free states.  


Since opening in 2004, they have filled a substantial void in the nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, the museum illuminates the true meaning of inclusive freedom. 



The nearest parking garage is below the Central Riverfront Parking Garage Limited Museum. Metered street parking is available adjacent to the museum. Use the Cincy EZPark app as appropriate. Take Cincinnati METRO to the venue.  



The main museum entrance is on the first floor, facing the riverfront. Accessible restrooms are available. Elevators are available for visitors to access from each floor.  



Truth and Healing Artist Showcase

In addition to the visual art exhibit, on view through September 10 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, there will also be a series of other events and performances at various locations July 14, 15, 16, and 30.


Digital Showcase Celebration

July 14, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Information on route and parking will be available soon
Free Admission
Put on your walking shoes and experience 12 digital signs with unique art from artists in the Truth & Healing Artist Showcase!


“Keep the Faith” by Dr. Jason White

July 15, 1 p.m.
Xavier University’s A.B. Cohen Center
Free Admission
“Keep the Faith” is a new community musical about the history of the Black church from 1619 to now, inspired by Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ PBS mini-series “The Black Church.”


Live Performances

July 15, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Free Admission
Three Live Performances:

  • “Pato y Muerte”
  • “FLIPd”
  • “Nomad”


Film Festival

July 16 & 30, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Free Admission
Nine Short Films:

  • “Social Therapy: Are We Healing?” by Desirae “The Silent Poet” Hosley
  • “The 12 Commandments” by Michael Coppage
  • “I’m Still Listening” by Brent Billingsley
  • “Viewpoints Embodied: Middle Eastern Voices in Cincinnati” by Rowan Salem
  • “Legacy” by Alan Lawson
  • “Urban Renewal Means Negro Removal” by Deqah Hussein-Wetzel
  • “Divided Roots, Seeing is Believing” by Preston Bell Charles III
  • “Attrition” by Silas Tibbs
  • “Lejanía” by Pablo Mejia


Tickets to The Truth & Healing Artist Showcase

The Truth & Healing Artist Showcase is free for all to attend. Attendees can reserve entry to the event on Eventbrite as well as access a full event agenda. 





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