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Kesha, an Exhibit Featuring the Work of 14 Black Female Artists, Opens at Main Library February 1, (Jan. 24, 2017)

Exhibit Spans Black History Month, Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 24, 2017 – Jacksonville Public Library is proud to present the one-of-a-kind exhibit Kesha – A Black Female Experience of Identity and Race at the Jax Makerspace Gallery in the Main Library. Through photography, videography, sculpture, textile art, 2D art and more, 14 black female artists will depict their interpretation of black femininity, ethnicity, identity, and stereotypes.

Curated by Jax Makerspace Arts and Culture Developer, Shawana Brooks and former Ritz Theatre and Museum Administrator, Lydia P. Stewart, Kesha lays the foundation for a conversation that will look deeper into the role of black women in our society.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5 – 8 p.m. (Opens during Downtown Art Walk)

Schedule of Activities in the Jax Makerspace
5 – 8 p.m. – Meet and greet the artists
5:30 p.m. – Opening remarks, including sociologist JeffriAnne Wilder, Ph.D.
6 p.m. – Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
6:30 p.m. – Poetry performance by Ebony Payne-English
6:45 p.m. – Poetry performance by Tonya Smart

Additional performances and activities will be held in the Laura St. entrance lobby and in The Lounge at 303 North.

WHERE: Main Library, Jax Makerspace Gallery
303 Laura St. N., 32202

Featured artists:  Rhonda BristolGlendia CooperDania W. FrinkJovita HarperMarsha Hatcher, MK Hollowell, Carla Jones, Erin KendrickTraci MimsPrincess Simpson Rashid, Crystal Rodriguez, Tiffany Rodriguez, Richlin Ryan, and Sosha Thumper.

The exhibit runs through April 23 and will be complemented with library programming and activities that will highlight Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March and Poetry Month in April. All Kesha exhibit information and programming can be found at Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-2665 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours prior to the event. 

About Jax Makerspace

The Jax Makerspace, located on the first floor of the Main Library, is a place for making things, from movies to music, art to apps, robots to radios, novels to needlepoint. Whether you are a novice or an expert, a student, hobbyist, inventor, entrepreneur or artists, it’s a place for anyone interested in hands-on opportunities to explore collaborate and create. For more information about the Jax Makerspace visit

 About the Jacksonville Public Library

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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