NOTE: This was recorded in February before the coronavirus lockdown
Black History Month is an irritation of Anita's as she feels it is often used as a gimmick to sweep real issues under the table and 'tick' the diversity box.
Justin explains how, an African-American man came to create Black History Month in Florence, Italy and how he is aiming to help educate and 'involve' the wider population of Italy.
Through many mediums including Art, Justin is a 'Fine Art' Professor, he explores blackness through the black population living in Italy, including Anita's beloved friend Gary Jo Gardenhire whose 'Golly' pieces, were shown in Florence as part of their Black History Month events.
Anita and Justin also discuss, what is 'Art' and how everyone can, and should, access it's many forms.
For further information on Back History Month Florence, and to help with research, contact Justin and the team below
Website:- Black History Month Florence
As this is a discussion about the visual arts, an accompanying video will be released with part 2
This is part 1 of a two part Art series featuring the 'GOLLY' exhibition by Gary Jo Gardenhire.
Thank you to Prof. Andrew Smaldone Academic Dean at Santa Reparata International School of Arts
Prof. Justin Randolph Thompson & Gary Jo Gardenhire for their support and time in putting this podcast series together.
SRISA - https://srisa.org
Gary Jo Gardenhire - https://www.garyjogardenhire.com/
The Black Prince of Florence by Catherine Fletcher:- Penguin
Africans in Renaissance Europe by Cecily Garber:- The Ultimate History Project
Pamela Z - pamelaz.com