ART EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT BSO DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Citizens conducting business at the Broward Sheriff's Office will have an opportunity to participate in a cultural experience at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building during Black History month. The Black Expressions Art Exhibit, in recognition of Black History, will give art enthusiasts a sampling of what they will see displayed inside the African American Research Library, which is currently under construction on the corner of Sistrunk Boulevard and NW 27 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
The exhibit features the works of the African World Artist Collective of South Florida (AWAC) and images from the “Benin a kingdom in Bronze”. AWAC’s mission is to foster awareness of the rich heritage, contributions and talents of artists of African descent. In contrast to the contemporary pieces of AWAC, the centuries old Benin (a kingdom in Africa) art was once only reserved for the Oba (King) of Benin and displayed in his royal court. Both collections explore the richness, diversity and power of Africans and African-Americans through a display of paintings, photos, ceramics, and sculptures.
Close to 500 public and elected officials, cultural organizers, gallery owners, and BSO employees will be given a “sneak preview” of the artful expressions during a premier reception at BSO’s headquarters (2601 West Broward Blvd.) on January 31st starting at 5:30 p.m. The VIP reception is invitation only. The art exhibit will be open to the public everyday between February 1st and February 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups wishing to attend must call (954) 321-4340 – starting February 1st – to make an appointment for a tour.
The month long event is being sponsored by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Broward County African-American Research Library, and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
This report by:
Veda Coleman-Wright/ Media Relations