Black Voices of Corning

Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place

“Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place,” will be on view at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning, New York. The exhibit explores the history and culture of Corning’s Black community and the way changing attitudes to race have shaped the city. Based on oral history interviews, photographs from private collections, and historical maps of Corning from museum archives, the exhibit paints an intimate portrait of the experience of being Black in Corning. “Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place” asks viewers to consider: If we listen to the Black Voices of Corning, will we see the city differently? Visit blackvoicesofcorning.org to find out more.

The Exhibit is on view at The Heritage Village fo the Southern Finger Lakes from September 2015 to February 2016.  Opening Hours 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday.  More information at www.heritagevillagesfl.org.

 

“Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place” is presented by The Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes and The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

 

Public Program Dates to Watch for:

September 19, 2015 at 6pm: Black Voices: A Gospel Music Concert featuring the Friendship Baptist Gospel Choir and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, with a talk by Ithaca College Professor Dr. Baruch Whitehead at the Drake House, 171 Cedar Arts Center.

November 21, 2015 1-3pm: Black Voices Oral History Workshop at the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes. Folk Arts Coordinator, Maria Kennedy, from The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes will give a talk on the impact of oral history on Black History and lead a workshop on Oral History practice. 

January 23, 2016 Inspired by Black Voices: Gallery Exhibit opening reception at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. This open-call gallery show invites local artists to respond to the “Black Voices of Corning” museum exhibit with original works of art. Advance submission deadline is December 14 2015.  The exhibit will be on view from January 11 through February 26. The Call for Artists is open and information on submitting work to the show can be found at http://www.earts.org/calendar/all/blackvoicesexhibit101615

January 16, 2016 NY Council on the Humanities Talk:”There Goes the Neighborhood” with Verdis Robinson. Saturday January 16, 6:30 pm at 171 Cedar Arts. Combined with urban renewal and suburban flight, years of employment and housing discrimination created a concentrated area of poverty where overt racism, denied equity, and conflicts with authorities served as kindling awaiting a spark in the midst of a national Civil Rights Movement.

February 8-9 2016: Black Voices: Food and Migration with Michael Twitty. Nationally renowned food historian and demonstrator, Michael Twitty, will bring his expertise on the history and culture African people brought with them to the American South during Slavery, and discuss how Black Southern food culture travelled North to cities like Corning during the Great Migration. Dates and Venues TBA.

“Black Voices of Corning: Perspectives on Place” is supported by The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, the Corning Incorporated Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Funded by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.  With additional funds and support from Corning Incorporated Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Corning Credit Union, Corning Community College, 171 Cedar Arts, and Corning Incorporated.

       


 

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