ART & CULTURE:

DEVELOP NETWORKS AND SPACES THAT SUPPORT BLACK BRILLIANCE

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VISION STATEMENT...

Arts and culture encompasses the performing, visual, and fine arts, as well as applied arts including architecture and graphic design; crafts; film, digital media and video; humanities and historic preservation; literature; and other creative activities. Culture can be defined as the arts as well as the intangible shared beliefs, values, and practices of a community. Black culture is one of exceptional ingenuity and creative expression.

Black people pursue artistic and creative expression through a variety of outlets: formal theatrical performances, sculptures, paintings, and buildings; as well as the less formal arts, music and food festivals, celebrations and informal cultural gatherings, and crafts groups. Together, these formal and informal, tangible and intangible, professional and amateur artistic and cultural activities constitute a community’s cultural assets. These activities — which encompass a diverse set of locations, spaces, levels of professionalism and participation, products, events, consumers, creators, and critics — are essential to a community’s well-being, economic and cultural vitality, sense of identity, and heritage.