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Black Voices in Art and Footsteps to you

Dec 8 2022 - Dec 8 2022

Black Voices in Art and Footsteps to you

  • Dec 8 2022 - Dec 8 2022


About Black Voices in Art – As artists, the concept of using images, lines, strokes, words, and color tells stories and weaves tales of the past, present, and future. As Black artists, those stories may take on a different emphasis recalling a history that is both the past and the present. Respecting these voices and working toward a better understanding of our shared experiences is the desired outcome as we work together to form historical empathy.


Exhibiting Artists:

Cynthia Brannvall, Berkeley

Cheryl Derricotte, San Francisco

Joshua Edwards, Chico

Arabella Grayson, Elverta

Mark Harris, San Francisco

Thomas Ellis Jackson, American Canyon

Melanie King, Chico

Dale Martin, Chico

Will Maxen, Davis

George McCalman, San Francisco

Ramekon O’Arwisters, San Francisco

Martin Townsend, Chico

About Footsteps to You – This unique collaboration with Butte County Office of Education, the Black Voice Foundation, and the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) is like nothing before in Butte County.

Footsteps to You, presented by the Black Voice Foundation, features rare primary source artifacts. The collection hopes to inspire empathy and conversation. Jerry Gore, a prominent historian who served as a docent on Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tours for 20 years began this collection of artifacts. His collection was gifted to the Black Voice Foundation in 2016. Over the years, the foundation and Hardy Brown II have added not only more artifacts but the stories behind them. “The Gore Collection has a focus on building historical empathy by immersing you in a world where people were considered objects – a prejudice that was entirely based on the color of one’s skin.”

The journey through this exhibition takes you from pre-slavery to Civil Rights to today. It tells a story of humanity, perseverance, and courage. “When students and other visitors see these artifacts, it’s not just show-and-tell. It’s a conversation. Hardy Brown, II leads conversations on empathy and history with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students where learners gain knowledge and power of Freedom Movements.

”We challenge visitors to ask themselves ‘In 100 years, what will history say about you? We are more alike than different.”


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EXHIBITION DATES: June 16 – August 21, 2022

Mon ‒ Wed: Closed
Thu ‒ Fri: 11am ‒ 5pm
Sat ‒ Sun: 11am ‒ 5pm

Adults: $30/year
Seniors: $25/year
Dual/Family: $50/year
NARM: $100/year
Corporate: $750/year

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA, 95926