Special Art Issue 2020

Features:

A potent mixture of raw emotions, empowering vision, and colorful paint has resulted in some powerful protest art along Madison’s iconic State Street, lifting a number of African American artists out of cultural isolation in the process.
Art and protest have often gone hand in hand. They do more than just evoke likes on someone’s social media feed or catch the eye of a passersby. Murals have been the primary artistic response to the outrage over police brutality and racism.
It took 8 minutes and 46 seconds for Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to murder George Floyd on May 25. We all have witnessed the protests that followed, including in Madison.

UMOJA Inside:


Black Lives Matter Art for Advocacy

Cover Art:Comfort Wasikhongo



Fists, Faces and Freedom: Demonstrating Solidarity One Brush Stroke After Another

A potent mixture of raw emotions, empowering vision, and colorful paint has resulted in some powerful protest art along Madison’s iconic State Street, lifting a number of African American artists out of cultural isolation in the process.



UMOJA Publisher/Editor: The Black Arts Movement Takes Centerstage

Art and protest have often gone hand in hand. They do more than just evoke likes on someone’s social media feed or catch the eye of a passersby. Murals have been the primary artistic response to the outrage over police brutality and racism.



Daniella Echeverría: ‘I Did NOT Paint the Mural to Make State Street Pretty or Palatable to White People’

It took 8 minutes and 46 seconds for Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to murder George Floyd on May 25. We all have witnessed the protests that followed, including in Madison.



ART FOR ADVOCACY: Black Lives Matter

Stolen by Shiloah Symone Coley created on the Overture Center for the Arts building “I’ve always been fascinated with people’s stories. Historically, heroic efforts have been made to create positive representations of Black bodies to counteract the surplus of harmful images that once circulated.  But there is still more to the nuanced Black experience and [...]