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Will art scene become more equitable for Black artists?

Aug. 1, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Louisville’s Black Lives Matter leaders organized a demonstration at the removal of the John B. Castleman statue in Cherokee Park in early June, local artist Brianna Harlan hosted a “creative intervention” — a cleansing for the tired and weary...

Historical panel votes for removal of Columbus statue

Jul. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A historical panel has advanced plans to remove a 144-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus from south Philadelphia after the explorer became a focus of protesters amid nationwide demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minnesota. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports...

Nashville International Airport opens new concourse

Jul. 20, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville International Airport has opened its fourth major concourse, featuring six domestic gates. The airport says the new Concourse D opened Friday, with 115,000 square feet of terminal space and gates serviced by Southwest Airlines. The concourse includes two public art...

This combination photo shows Chris Janson at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Chase Rice at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists like Janson and Rice who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large crowds without masks. Rice performed in front of a large crowd in Tennessee and Janson performed at an outdoor festival in Idaho. (AP Photo)

Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds

Jun. 29, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fellow musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large, tight crowds without masks, even as COVID-19 cases resurge in the United States. Country singer Chase Rice posted video of his...

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Virginia artist creates mural celebrating ‘Black Girl Magic’

Jun. 28, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The mural seemed to appear overnight. Off Fort Avenue, against sheets of corrugated metal, the profile of a woman spilled across a garage door in waves of blues, browns and yellows. Like a mirage, she seemed inexplicable against the flaking metal of the building — paint...

Protesters face off over statue of St. Louis namesake

Jun. 27, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters on Saturday called for the removal of a statue of St. Louis’ namesake, a French king-turned-saint who burned manuscript copies of Jewish religious texts during the Middle Ages, while another group prayed for the monument to stay. Nearly 200 people gathered at the...

Demonstrators climb the statue of Don Juan de Onate in Old Town in Albuquerque, N.M., while an armed member of the New Mexico Civil Guard stands by during a protest calling for the removal of the likeness of the controversial New Mexico explorer Monday, June 15, 2020. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Man charged in New Mexico protest melee to be released

Jun. 22, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled Monday that a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador will be released pending trial on charges of battery and unlawful carrying of a firearm. The decision came during a detention...

Sister Mamie reposts signs that were removed form the Lafayette Park parameter fence at the site of protests, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, near the White House in Washington. The protests began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Volunteers, Smithsonian want to save White House protest art

Jun. 11, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as the towering black fencing was erected last week to seal off Lafayette Park, the barrier became an art gallery and a sounding board for the demonstrators protesting years of black deaths at the hands of police officers. Now, with much of the temporary fencing around the...

Sister Mamie reposts signs that were removed form the Lafayette Park parameter fence at the site of protests, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, near the White House in Washington. The protests began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Volunteers, Smithsonian want to save White House protest art

Jun. 10, 2020 10:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as the towering black fencing was erected last week to seal off Lafayette Park, the barrier became an art gallery and a sounding board for the demonstrators protesting years of black deaths at the hands of police officers. Now, with much of the temporary fencing around the...

Fort Wayne artists paint murals on boarded storefronts

Jun. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Local artists are painting murals on storefront windows that were boarded up in downtown Fort Wayne during George Floyd protests to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Fort Wayne resident Adam Garland reached out to ‘Art This Way,' a public art program, to ask artists to...