In March 2015, Noble Prize-winning novelist, essayist and professor Toni Morrison wrote in The Nation that in challenging times, artists must refuse to remain silent.
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work,” she wrote in the magazine’s 150th anniversary edition. “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.”
Five years and five months later, 30 area Black artists, creatives, makers and businesses will speak, write, demonstrate and celebrate their talents with the community. The inaugural Black Lives Create Fest is slated for noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Platte Furniture, 2331 Platte Place, in Knob Hill.
Black vendors will sell original works of art, goods, services and talents, according to the festival’s Facebook page. All proceeds go directly to the artist, maker or vendor.
The showcase agenda also includes:
A community art sale benefiting the Empowerment Solidarity Network, Poetry 719 and the Chinook Center. (Kreuser Gallery, 125 E. Boulder St., will accept donation pieces starting at 4 p.m. Aug. 16);
The creation of a new BLM mural behind Platte Furniture;
Live music, stage performances, poetry readings and speeches;
A variety of local food trucks.
Masks and social distancing will be required for this outdoor event.