The online art challenge blog, TAKE A WORD (takeaword.blogspot.com) has asked participating artists to build on the theme “sheet music.” My piece of art is based on one of my favorite times in the cultural history of our country…The Harlem Renaissance. An intellectual, social and artistic explosion spanning the 1920’s centered in Harlem, New York City, but it influenced cultural expression all over the world. Innovations in music with the birth of jazz, in poetry, literature, art and stage performance were born.
A professional trumpet player that’s very dear to me (and Caucasian,) wrote: “I can not even remotely imagine what it is like to be a person of colour in the racist landscape of North America. I am grateful that I have friends of colour. I am grateful that 95% of my trumpet idols are Black. I am a guest in the house of Black American music. I cannot know your pain, but I sure feel it…” I say, AMEN to his comment, with the ongoing prayer that it will change.
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