'The Stories of Us,' An Art Exhibition Featuring the 'Black Experience,' Opens in Detroit's Capitol Park

June 12, 2024, 11:30 AM by  Allan Lengel

Photos provided by Bedrock

"The Stories of Us," an outdoor art exhibition featuring 10 hand-painted drum sculptures by 11 local artists, opens Wednesday and runs through the summer in Capitol Park in downtown Detroit.

The exhibition will be a part of Detroit’s upcoming Juneteenth celebrations, and will honor the legacy of Detroiters who have helped define the city’s culture. Bedrock's "Decked Out Detroit" and the nonprofit, "The Stories of Us" have partnered with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to present the exhibit.

"The ambitious drum sculpture exhibition will showcase designs that speak to ten themes that center the Black  experience as an invitation to everyone," according to a press release issued by the joint sponsors. "Following its debut in Detroit, The Stories of Us plans to expand its art education programs throughout the United States in the coming months and years."  

Michael McAfee, CEO and president of PolicyLink, founding partner of The Stories of Us, said in a statement that "the transformative work of building a nation for all requires spaces that bring people together, to truly see one another and see a role for themselves in creating a future rooted in love and justice.”

"The Stories of Us is launching in Detroit to do exactly that."

The Detroit local artists include:

● Peter Daniel Bernal
● Darius Baber
● Shirley Woodson & Senghor Reid
● Khary Mason
● Cailyn Dawson
● Ackeem Salmon
● Juniper Jones
● Nicole Macdonald
● DeAnn Wiley
● Hubert Massey


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