Anthony Jerome Artis, Art Community Outreach

Anthony Jerome Artis, along with his wife and co-leader Davida Artis, wanted to introduce African American Art in Flint and Genesee County Michigan. The Art Community Outreach project post artistic creations in blighted spaces to transform impoverished communities.

Using artworks by famous African American artists (including some local artists), Anthony and Davida hope to cultivate dialogue and discussion with residents of all ages around African American culture, historians, leaders, and artists and their contributions.

“This project is needed in our divided community to bring diverse groups of people together, to dialogue, and to share interactions and positive outlooks on life together,” Anthony explained.

The themes of this project include: faith, family, and famous faces. Works will include various mediums (collage, drawings, linocuts, lithograph, mixed media, serigraph, watercolor, etc.) and cover periods, such as: the Harlem Renaissance, the early-19th and 20th century, and also feature modern and post-modern periods.

Funds from the Pollination Project will be used towards supplies and promotional materials.

GRANT AWARD DATE: August 20, 2014