July 2024 in the Galleries with BADC

Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Presents
“Jembe: The Beat of BADC”
with 22 Members of Black Artists of DC


(Rockville, MD) – Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to once again host BADC for the month of July. This member exhibit runs from July 3rd through July 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, July 12th, 5 – 8pm. Black Artists of DC (BADC) is a non-profit organization that educates and enriches the local, regional, and global community of artists of African descent by fostering community, promoting cultural awareness, and uplifting their artistic expressions. For decades, it has been a beacon of creativity, resilience, and social consciousness, often serving as a platform for voices often unheard and stories rarely told. Now in its 25th year, BADC has launched the careers of well-known artists such as Sonya Clark and Jamea Richmond-Edwards.

The exhibition is named after the jembe – also spelled djembe – a traditional drum with deep cultural significance within various African societies. While its specificities vary, some general meanings include unity, spirituality, communication, celebration, strength, cultural identity, and healing. Most importantly in this context, it is a drum designed for call and response. Given these qualities, Jembe is most fitting for a celebratory exhibition featuring work that highlights the diverse perspectives within the organization, and is curated by Gia Harewood. Member artists explore a range of themes through various media as a testament to the richness of the African diaspora and the depth of talent amongst BADC members. Overall, Jembe: The Beat of BADC commemorates the organization’s inspiring legacy after 25 years and amplifies its enduring influence and relevance in today’s world. Enjoy additional exhibits “Cellular” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

“Jembe: The Beat of BADC”
with 22 Member Artists
“Cellular with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Opening Reception
5:00pm – 8:00pm, Friday, July 12th, 2024

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

***The art center will be closed July 4th – 7th for the holiday***

Meet the Artists – Saturday, July 20th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment.

Artists and Makers Studios Press Release JULY 2024 Parklawn Exhibits

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