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Ujima: Black Artist Talk & Pop-Up Market

  • The Third Place Gallery 3730 Chicago Ave S, Studio B Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 (map)

CANDO & Obsidian Arts are proud to announce a collaboration! We invite you to come to Ujima: Black Artist Talk & Night Market on December 19 from 5:30 to 8pm at the Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. This will be a live-broadcasted talk with artist Monroe O'Bryant followed by a local black artist market, just in time for the holidays! This educational, interactive, family-friendly event will provide a break from the busy holiday schedule while allowing a special opportunity to support black artists and get last minute shopping done!

What is Ujima? Ujima is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. This holiday first began in 1966 as a celebration of African American unity and empowerment after the aftermath of the deadly Watts riots. Its founder was Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is held from December 26 to January 1. Ujima specifically means “To build and maintain our community together and to make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.”

The featured artist at the event will be Monroe “Aki” O’Bryant. His photographs are on display at Obsidian Arts in downtown Minneapolis until December 22. O’Bryant was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He won the 2-D 2015 ArtPrize entry for his work "The Fearless Brother Project Presents: Realistic Neglects - A Graphic Series." His artist talk will discuss his work on view at Obsidian, “A Walk In The Park In America,” a series of photographs that seeks to interpret the lasting effects of cultural and familial separation on Black American communities as a result of the onset of the African Diaspora. 

Refreshments provided. Other accommodations such as childcare, translation provided upon request. Please contact CANDO so that we discuss accommodations.