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UALP Fellow & MICA Graduate Student, Rhea Beckett Pairs Artists to 3 Local Businesses Exploring Black Culture in Black Space Exhibit

Black Space featured artists – left: Tiffany Jones, center: Tony McKissic, right: Bashi Rose

UALP Fellow & MICA graduate student, Rhea Beckett curates Black Space, pairing three artists to three local businesses exploring black culture.

Black Space activates three project spaces – New Beginnings Barbershop, New Door Creative, and Shake and Bake Family Fun Center. The exhibit opens dialogue on timely themes of culture and runs from April 3rd to 30th.

Black Space exhibit asks What is a black space? Three Baltimore-based artists influenced by black culture, aesthetic, and history are paired with three local businesses that have been integral to the black communities in which they serve, igniting existing cultures within these spaces.

Curator Rhea Beckett believes that through community spaces, ideas are shared, communal concerns are raised, and common goals are achieved.

“Art, culture, and engaged participants can serve as a catalyst for new ideas, a change in the way people experience and see the world, and connecting communities.”
-Rhea Beckett

Black Space exhibit aims to bring socially engaged and relevant arts programming to everyday community spaces in order to reach as many people as possible.

Black Space exhibit will open in conjunction with MICA Grad Show Openings at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Opening receptions:

Sunday, April 3rd, 3pm
New Beginnings Barbershop
1047 Hollins St
Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, April 10, 3pm
New Door Creative
1601 St Paul St
Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, April 14th, 7pm
Shake and Bake
1601 Pennsylvania Ave
Baltimore, Maryland

Curator Rhea Beckett was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, raised in Dayton, Ohio, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves as a Fellow in the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s Urban Arts Leadership Program and is a Masters in Fine Arts Candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art. For the past year‐and‐a‐half, she has been researching and developing Black Space as part of her curatorial thesis.

For information about the hosting venues of Black Spaces visit:

New Beginnings Barbershop

New Door Creative

Shake and Bake Family Fun Center

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