Truth & Inspiration Visual Art Exhibition Through Sept. 22
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
See the ‘I’m Listening…’ mural at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as part of the Truth & Inspiration Visual Art Exhibition through September 22nd.
Created by local artist and Truth and Reconciliation Artist Grantee 2022, Brent Billingsley, I’m Listening… is an art community engagement project created in collaboration with Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) officers. The concept is simple—pair Cincinnati Police Officers and local teens to create a collaborative mural to strengthen the police-community relationships.
Officers in each of CPD’s five districts participated in the project and youth from the district’s neighborhoods in workshops facilitated by Brent Billingsley. Artwork produced in the workshops was then combined into a large-scale 17′ x 20′ mural.
Tickets to the Truth & Inspiration Visual Art Exhibition:
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with the Fifth Third Foundation, offers free admission on Sunday, July 17 as part of their Fifth Third Community Days.
Admission includes all Freedom Center experiences, including the exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, plus a screening of the film Why We Walk at 2 p.m. Following the film screening, the film’s stars will be available for a Q&A discussion.
People are encouraged to reserve their free tickets in advance and can do so at freedomcenter.org. Fifth Third Community Days provide free admission on the fifth and third Sunday each month, plus MLK Day and Juneteenth. Upcoming dates include July 31, August 21 and September 18.
On days when the exhibit is not free, admission prices and hours are as follows:
Seniors (60+): $13
Children aged 3-12: $10.50
Children under 3: Free
Monday – Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday – Sunday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About the Artist:
Brent Billingsley is an artist and an empowering voice behind young, disenfranchised youth. He is also a Behavioral Health Specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/Psychiatry.
Brent says a nihilistic state of inspiring him the most because the canvas must be needs repurposed before painting can begin. He graduated in 2013 from Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration in Printmaking. He then graduated from The University of Cincinnati in 2015 with a Master’s in Social Work.
This artist intends to help all he is blessed to come in contact with realizing that they are part of something bigger. The goal is to utilize art as rhetorical vernacular, encourage people to do something they have never done before, and act on it. Brent believes the world can be changed through art; 1 piece at a time!
About the Truth & Inspiration Artist Showcase:
The Truth & Inspiration Visual Artist Showcase – held at Cincinnati Art Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Museum Center – features impactful visual art by recipients of ArtsWave’s Black and Brown Artist Program.
ArtsWave, the region’s engine for the arts, created the program to provide financial support to artists of color in Cincinnati. Each featured artist has created artwork that captures “truth” and/or “reconciliation” themes. They were also asked to involve an aspect of collaboration with community members and other partners. This allowed the public to participate in reconciling the moment and imagining a better future for Cincinnati.
This series occurs at three locations, with the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Museum Center hosting events. This specific event occurs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Truth & Inspiration Visual Art Exhibition image provided by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
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