The Corbin Studio and Gallery located at 4 E Main Street in Crisfield will celebrate Black History Month during February 2020. Sponsored by It Takes A Village and the Crisfield Arts & Entertainment District (CAED) Project, this celebration features an exhibit and a Community Afternoon as well as a Parents Night for It Takes a Village. All events are free and open to the public.
The exhibit will showcase items of artistic and cultural significance to the African American community that celebrate black gifts and talents and will be open Fridays, February 21st and 28th from 10 am to 3 pm. Committee members for the events and exhibit include Darlene Taylor, LaVerne Johnson, Elmer and Josephine Barkley, Vernell Cottman and James Lane. The CAED Project would like to thank the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University, the Somerset County Arts Council, and community members including Elmer and Josephine Barkley for the generous loan of exhibit materials.
It Takes a Village Executive Director Darlene Taylor and cultural historian James Lane are the coordinators for the Community Afternoon on February 22th from 4 pm to 6 pm. This evening will include live performances of influential African American artist’s work including James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Creation,” and will take place in the Corbin Gallery where exhibits can be viewed as well. The evening will also highlight panelists who attended Crisfield Colored High School and Carter G Woodson school, who will lead a community conversation about these experiences. A sampling of African American specialty dishes will follow.
It Takes a Village will also hold a Parents Night on February 27th at 6 pm with light refreshments provided. This and all events are free and open to the public.
About It Takes A Village
It Takes A Village To Help Our Children, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving children on both ends of Somerset County, offering after school, college access, and summer programs to meet the out of school time needs of the community.