Signs of Change
The Bridge is proud to partner with The Fralin Museum of Art alongside the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for Signs of Change which was conceived in response to an invitation from artist Hank Willis Thomas to participate in the For Freedoms project, using art to promote civic engagement in advance of the November elections.
On August 11 and 12, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia was the site of a white nationalist rally and counter-protest that ended in the death of one Charlottesville resident. While it is true that many who attended the rally and counter-protest that day were not from Charlottesville, it is also true that Charlottesville harbors deep racial and economic inequality resulting from its history of slavery and Jim Crow policies, as well as a significant divide between the University of Virginia and residents of the town.
In partnership with the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, The Charlottesville Mural Project, and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA is mounting a city-wide campaign to educate residents about the history of slavery and African-American life in Charlottesville, as well as current realities for residents of color.
Through Signs of Change/Charlottesville, we hope to:
- Use art to promote civic engagement, in advance of the November general election.
- Educate the Charlottesville community about its black history.
- Engage residents in learning from and about one another through community artmaking.
Submissions due July 20
We seek visual artists from the Charlottesville area and those who have lived in Charlottesville to design original artwork communicating some of Charlottesville’s black history that is largely unknown to most residents. We invite artists from all races, ethnicities, genders and backgrounds to apply, and are particularly interested in hearing from persons of color who have personal experience living in Charlottesville.
In addition to an exhibition of the original artwork, works will be reproduced in various formats and displayed throughout the city, county, and in eligible locations on University Grounds. Artists will be responsible for executing work based on the submitted concept, and for completing the work by the project deadline. Artists will retain ownership of the works created, and will be paid a modest stipend upon completion of the project.