BLACK & BROWN
Emerging Artists and Art Professionals through Art Education
"I have created nothing really beautiful, really lasting, but if I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work."
Our vision is that Black & Brown emerging artists and art professionals are empowered through seeing representation, having access to quality art education, and receiving support in order to effectively impact others through the work that they do.
Amplifying BIPOC Artist, Art Educators, and Organizations
Savage played a pivotal role in the Harlem Renaissance. In her own personal practice, she was most known for her sculpture piece, The Harp. It commemorated the contributions of black music to America and was specifically inspired by the famous black anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” penned by Jacksonville’s Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson. She established her career as an artist by sculpting the busts of prominent black leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey. Beyond creating sculpture, she dedicated much of her passion to sharing her gifts through teaching art, advocating for civil rights, and providing opportunities through the Works Progress Administration for other black artists such as Jacob Lawrence.
Augusta Savage’s story is often overlooked in the world of art history and traditional art education but she is not forgotten. Thankfully there are many articles written, historic sites and art centers both in Saugerties, New York and Green Cove Springs, Florida commemorating her legacy, and finally the Schomburg Center for Research, holds the largest collection of Savage’s work of any public institution.