WEST PALM BEACH — Beginning on Thursday, March 21, Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches is hosting three days of events in honor of noted professor, scientist, civil rights activist and artist Arthur Bacon.
West Palm Beach native Bacon is considered a jewel with a passion for the arts who has made numerous contributions in education. His artwork has been described as moving, powerful and relevant. His powerful artwork, I Voted, hangs in the Historic Jenkins house and was displayed at the recent National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Power Breakfast.
Bacon has a rich history that includes his having served as a dean and provost of one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs), Talladega College in Talladega, AL, as well as a scientist who discovered a new microorganism.
The theme for the weekend events is Homecoming — Building & Retaining Relationships Through Art, Science & Education.
On Thursday, March 21, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Bacon will visit UB Kinsey Palmview Elementary School of the Arts (formerly Industrial High School when he attended).
Later that evening there will be an Artists Reception, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Historic Jenkins House, 815 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. in West Palm Beach. This will be a meet-and-greet with Bacon and an opportunity to purchase some of his artwork.
On Friday, March 22, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., students of the Joseph Little Nguzo Saba Charter School and their principal, Helen Byrd, will visit the Historic Jenkins House, view the artwork and meet with Bacon.
The events culminate on Saturday, March 23 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a private, invitation only cocktail reception at Bear Lakes Country Club for Talladega Alumni and Industrial/Roosevelt High School graduates.
Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches, Inc., founded in 1989 by board members who recognized a need for venues to educate, promote and showcase ethnic artists, today is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that also provides afterschool and summer art programs for at-risk youth.
The Historic Jenkins House, former home of the late community activists Joseph Wiley Jenkins, one of the area’s first African-American pharmacists, and his wife, education advocate Roberta Jenkins, serves as the organization’s administrative office as well as a community arts and cultural center.
The organization says it welcomes support to help ensure that its art, culture and history programs will continue to be educational, impactful, meaningful, enriching and will be ongoing.
All contributions are tax deductible.
For more information call 561-775-1721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org