You’ve just heard all the buzz about an exciting annual art event that’s nearby, a ‘consistent celebratory event’, rich with cultural heritage and it’s free. It’s the 2rrd annual The Art of the African Diaspora Exhibit & Open Studios (TAOAD), with original artwork by more than 150 artists of African descent. Each Bay Area artist offers one piece of art at the Richmond Art Center, RAC, in Richmond, California.
Later, in February/March, visitors can view collections of each artist’s work at ‘Satellite’ Open Studios - weekend events in Oakland, Richmond, Dublin, Concord and other locations. Open studios allow visitors to meet the artists in a closer setting & see more art pieces. I love to visit the studios as well as participate in them. Here’s TAOAD’s site for more info: https://www.facebook.com/Art-of-The-African-Diaspora-104735004408467/. A huge thank you goes out to the new steering and advisory committees, and RAC for this record breaking event!
How do you navigate it all, to get the most from these venues? Off the top and having been involved as an artist for 24 years, I must say you MUST experience this local treasure! It is the longest running annual event of its kind in the San Franisco Bay Area (and maybe the nation?), to feature the largest pool of talented artists of African descent. The network of artists is incredible, camaraderie among artists and supporters - priceless! One becomes truly immersed in our diverse African & African American history, the stories, depictions and the creative freedom in art of all forms. Audiences say this year’s is the best exhibit yet. It’s an annual event so you won’t want to miss the action in February and March.