Art Anthology Series leading up to Juneteenth

Art displays will be popping up in one Winston-Salem neighborhood every weekend through Juneteenth as a way to bring new life to the community.Artist Kayyum Hallah and the rest of the neighborhood association decided to put the installations in Happy Hill at the intersection of Alder and Mock streets. The clock tower strikes a moment in history for the oldest Black neighborhood in the city.”We hope to dispel the negative stereotype that has been given to this area over the last few years (and) want to reclaim and revitalize the rich culture and history that existed over here in Happy Hill before,” Hallah said.All of the artists have ties to the area.”When I thought about this painting, I thought about who my ancestors were, who they might’ve been,” artist Mikalah Muhammad said.The NC A&T graduate is the youngest artist in the series at 23 years old and hopes her art speaks to other young people in the community.”I think a lot of Black women have been the backbone for a lot of communities,” Muhammad said. “That’s why I wanted to highlight them, and why I do highlight them.”Her work will be on display at the big Juneteenth celebration, along with the five other artists featured in the Art Anthology Series. The organizers said they want to continue doing this kind of work every year to show people in the area just how great the community can be.The Art Anthology Series will be on display Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the final event on June 19. The schedule includes:May 7 and 8 — Kayyum AllahMay 14 and 15 — Mikalah MuhammadMay 21 and 22 — Jerry HanesMay 28 and 29 — Amy BinnsJune 4 and 5 — Gilbert YoungJune 11 and 12 — Donald R. Sawyer Jr.Masks are mandatory and people are asked to practice social distancing.

Art displays will be popping up in one Winston-Salem neighborhood every weekend through Juneteenth as a way to bring new life to the community.

Artist Kayyum Hallah and the rest of the neighborhood association decided to put the installations in Happy Hill at the intersection of Alder and Mock streets. The clock tower strikes a moment in history for the oldest Black neighborhood in the city.

“We hope to dispel the negative stereotype that has been given to this area over the last few years (and) want to reclaim and revitalize the rich culture and history that existed over here in Happy Hill before,” Hallah said.

All of the artists have ties to the area.

“When I thought about this painting, I thought about who my ancestors were, who they might’ve been,” artist Mikalah Muhammad said.

The NC A&T graduate is the youngest artist in the series at 23 years old and hopes her art speaks to other young people in the community.

“I think a lot of Black women have been the backbone for a lot of communities,” Muhammad said. “That’s why I wanted to highlight them, and why I do highlight them.”

Her work will be on display at the big Juneteenth celebration, along with the five other artists featured in the Art Anthology Series. The organizers said they want to continue doing this kind of work every year to show people in the area just how great the community can be.

The Art Anthology Series will be on display Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the final event on June 19. The schedule includes:

  • May 7 and 8 — Kayyum Allah
  • May 14 and 15 — Mikalah Muhammad
  • May 21 and 22 — Jerry Hanes
  • May 28 and 29 — Amy Binns
  • June 4 and 5 — Gilbert Young
  • June 11 and 12 — Donald R. Sawyer Jr.

Masks are mandatory and people are asked to practice social distancing.

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