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"Ciprana 2" - Mark Demsteader {contemporary artist female african-american black female head woman face pastel collage portrait drawing}

Powerful Portraits Spotlight Black and Brown Women of New York

Tim Okamura thinks storytelling is inherent to portraiture—so his paintings tell the stories that too often go untold.

Today in Black History, 3/27/2014 - In 1955 Arthur Mitchell became the first African American dancer with the New York City Ballet. For more info, check out today's blog!

Assembled from early to mid 19th C. scraps of homespun wool, prints, yarn and more, all hand sewn, this Story Skirt is reminiscent of the wonderful African American Quilts made by Harriet Powers in the late 19th Century. (more photos)

Quilts. Such a great teaching tool - from math to stories (like Harriet Powers) to living history (like the AIDS quilt). One of our few traditional art forms in the US.