The Learning Tree

August 18 – September 27

The African American Atelier, Inc., will partner with Greensboro’s Heart (Brentwood, MD) to present The Learning Tree, a collaborative art exhibition that highlights the impact of inter-generational communication and mentoring in the African American community.

Particpating artists include Alma Adams,Ph.D, Eva Hamlin Miller, Malcolm GoffHarry Swartz-Turfle, Andrena Coleman, Angela Fitzgerald, Barbara Price, LeShari Clemons, John Rogers, Robin Shakir, Sarah Martin, Darlene McClinton, and Stephen McIntyre.

About the Exhibit

The Learning Tree features a collection of works by artists, previously featured at The African American Atelier, and their mentor/protégées. Each mentor/protégée pair will create one collaborative work in an attempt to capture the essence of their mentorship.  By using art, The Learning Tree creates a literal representation of the union of wisdom and vitality.

The Learning Tree is curated by Brittney Drakeford, founder of Greensboro’s Heart, an organization which seeks to encourage positive community engagement and economic sustainability through artistically inspired solutions.  Motivated by her studies with Dr. Alma Adams, co-Founder and curator of the African American Atelier, Brittney developed The Learning Tree to recognize the benefits of to encourage multi-generation exchanges.

Brittney Drakeford notes, “The entire show celebrates what we acquire when we are fully open to learning.  A prominent principal in the African & African-American culture is the concept of Sankofa; literally translating to ‘it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.’  The word serves as a reminder of the importance of learning and drawing from the past in order to move forward. Through the exhibition, I also seek to provoke viewers to consider the level of trust that must exist in order to collaborate with others in a diverse society.”