Portaits and Perspectives is a crucial component of R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County‘s event series entitled BELONGING: Local Expressions of Black Empowerment and Possibility.
The exhibit combines portraits by photographer Renoda Campbell with oral history excerpts — centering and amplifying local Black voices. The SLO library will exhibit additional portraits and perspectives to those shown at Downtown SLO; and will also feature listening stations — allowing visitors to dig deeper into local lived experiences. The SLO Library’s front display case on the first floor will feature a visual tribute to local Black culture and history. The exhibit will be installed though April.
February 1st through April 30th Portraits and Perspectives at Downtown SLO, 1135 Chorro St.
February 1st through April 30th Portraits and Perspectives at San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St.
Photos by Renoda Campbell featuring artist Abbey Onikoyi
Additional BELONGING events, include:
February 1st Kut to be the Best documentary screening at The Kinney SLO, 1800 Monterey Street.
February 7th Art After Dark at Downtown SLO
February 12th Black Business Belongs: Black Business Leaders Forum moderated by City Councilwoman Erica Stewart, at SeaCrest Hotel.
February 29th Stories Matter: An evening of live storytelling at The Kinney SLO.
In commemoration of Black History Month, on February 1st local organization R.A.C.E. Matters will launch a month-long, multimedia, multi-location event series entitled BELONGING. The series kicks off February 1st with the R.A.C.E. Matters produced short documentary film Kut to be the Best- the Last Black Barbershop in SLO. The BELONGING program also includes Portraits and Perspectives: photography and oral history excerpts at the Downtown SLO Association office and the San Luis Obispo Library. Rounding out the month, R.A.C.E. Matters will also host a Black business leaders forum and evening of live storytelling. Some events have limited space and require reservations. See racemattersslo.org for details.
R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County is a community-based organization that amplifies the voices of Black and other People of Color, in an effort to build an actively anti-racist Central Coast.