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High Signs and Beacons seeks black artists

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 by Tai Moses

Calling all artists, poets, scholars and writers of African descent: June 22 is the last day to turn in your application for High Signs and Beacons, a project of George Washington Carver Museum, the city’s Equity Office and the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility. Eight to 12 creative teams consisting of one visual artist and one writer/poet/scholar/emcee will create a large-scale outdoor sign which will be printed on vinyl and displayed throughout Austin’s black cultural historic district, also called Six Square as it occupies six square miles of East Austin. As the application explains, “More than ever, people need help grounding in this moment and visualizing a collective future. What we know is that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic, and African Americans are some of the least likely to recover once they have contracted Covid-19. Blessed and plagued by the pre-existing condition of blackness in the Americas, we are in the midst of a system reset.” Apply here to join the creative team.

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