Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents speaker Patric McCoy, president of Diasporal Rhythms, a non-profit organization of passionate collectors of contemporary art from Chicago's African American community. McCoy will discuss the influence collecting has in determining which artworks and artists come to be considered significant in art history.
In honor of Black History Month, LCA hosts a program that celebrates the contributions of African Americans in the arts. "The idea of one man collecting so much art by local artists intrigued me and gave me a sense of McCoy's commitment to contributing to his own spirit and culture." said Janet Bloch, LCA Education Director.
McCoy has amassed 1,000 artworks, 90% by Chicago artists, over several decades and will share images of some of the artwork in his collection and insight about the importance of supporting local artists.
Diasporal Rhythms was started by McCoy with several others with the intent to support artists that are actively producing compelling art within their community. McCoy explains, "Our organization of collectors was formed to be one of the first voices in the community to identify, promote, honor and validate those visual artists that we find, through our collecting activities, are producing works of exceptional artistic merit and of cultural significance. The people that 'acquire' the art should become 'collectors of the art' and act in a manner to promote and preserve the art that has come out of our community." McCoy continues by stating, "Art appreciation is for everyone, but the art as a culturally defining concept belongs to people, in a place, at a specific point in time. "
Join us for this captivating discussion.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located at 101 W. 2nd St., at the lakefront in Michigan City, IN. Weekday hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST). Weekend hours are from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST). The Hyndman Gallery is closed every Thursday morning until 2 PM for a weekly civic event. For more information please visit www.lubeznikcenter.org or call 219-874-4900.
LCA receives generous support from South Shore Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.