Arts in Action is a project developed by the DeKalb County History Center and Ellwood House Museum to investigate the history of race relations in DeKalb County through historical research and a collaboration with contemporary artists. Nine visual artists and five poets were selected for the initial project. Their work will be presented through the themes of fear, exclusion, community, and hope. Community members have participated by telling their stories or by assisting with research. A virtual exhibit of the research and the artists’ works will begin on March 31, 2021, with related programming being offered to continue the conversation. A gallery exhibition is scheduled for late 2021.
Arts in Action is designed to be a platform for community members and artists to tell their stories, especially for those whose voices have not always been heard. The project goal is to build a stronger community by sharing, listening, and understanding the stories of everyone in the community. The work will be ongoing.