The Website of Wilhelmina Grant

Events

Home Sweet Harlem — September 6, 2014

Please join us on Saturday, September 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Home Sweet Harlem Bistro (1528 Amsterdam Avenue, 135/136 Street) for an art exhibition. Opening Reception featuring new assemblages made from kitchen utensils and found objects collected inside and outside the home.

R.S.V.P. to SISTAAHstudio@gmail.com or call (646) 590-2728 to be included in free tasting and sampling of specialties of Home Sweet Harlem Bistro.

 

SISTAAH Studio — July 26, 2014

 

Women's Work — March 14–April 26, 2014

Greetings friends and colleagues,

If time and distance permit, I would love to see you at the opening reception of Women's Work on March 14, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. If you cannot make the opening reception, the exhibition will remain on view until April 26. I have two pieces in the show including the piece on the promo card above.

Hope to see you there.

 

Transformation & Triumph! — September 2013–February 2014

Wilhelmina Grant and SISTAAH, Inc. arrive in Dallas, Texas for the opening reception of Transformation & Triumph! at the African American Museum of Dallas. The traveling exhibit includes a tribute to breast cancer survivors by photographer, Sylvia Dunnavant of Dallas and a mixed-media assemblage exhibition (Clock Strikes Thirteen) honoring 13 notable Black ancestors who died of breast cancer by visual artist, Wilhelmina Grant of New York City. Transformation & Triumph! remains on display in the gallery at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas from September 2013 through February 2014.

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Fourth Annual Survivorship Saturday In Harlem — Oct. 12, 2013

Greetings,

The Fourth Annual Survivorship Saturday In Harlem, a gathering which unites cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers to celebrate survivorship and promote early detection of cancer presented by Wilhelmina Grant/SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art & Advocacy for Health) is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., free of charge and open to the public.

Survivorship Saturday will be held at New Covenant Temple, 1805 Amsterdam Avenue, (149th Street) New York, NY 10031. Reservations are required: (646) 590-2728. Complimentary refreshments will be served. See flyers below.

Please reserve early for the Celebration and/or Make Your Own Drum workshop. Also please spread the word to others who may be interested.

We will see you there!

 

Sweet Indulgence in Sugar Hill — April 27–28, 2013

Greetings Family, Friends and Neighbors,

We look forward to seeing you this Saturday (4/27) and Sunday (4/28) from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at SISTAAH Studio, 401 W. 149th Street (nr. St. Nicholas Avenue) for the Sweet Indulgence in Sugar Hill Pre-Mother’s Day 2013 Celebration. View the Me & My Big Sister Art Exhibition; select a unique Mother’s Day handmade, one of a kind gift created by guest artists; and enjoy the afternoon with live saxophone music and complimentary tasty fresh fruit treats (chocolate may be involved)!

(646) 590-2728 for more info Wilhelmina Grant SistaahStudio@gmail.com

 

Me & My Big Sister — March 11–April 20, 2013

Me & My Big Sister

SISTAAH Art Studio in historic Sugar Hill-Harlem, 401 West 149th Street, commemorates Women’s History Month with Me & My Big Sister (and other Women We Adore), a visual arts exhibition featuring mixed media visual art of Wilhelmina Grant (and her big sister), Bisa Washington.

The Me and My Big Sister exhibition is available for viewing by appointment through April 20, 2013 and features collage and assemblage works which pay homage to the strong, illustrious and beautiful women in the artists’ ancestral lineage as well as outstanding historical women such as Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer and Osceola McCarty, to name a few.

Telephone SISTAAH Art Studio at (646) 590-2728 or email SistaahStudio@gmail.com for hours of operation and more information.

 

Greet the Griot! — February 2–28, 2013

Aubu’s Arbors

Wilhelmina Grant/SISTAAH Studio presents Greet the Griot!, an art exhibition to commemorate Black History Month, February 2-28, 2013. This exhibition features a unique opportunity to interact with Harlem resident Baba Robert Oba Cullins, world traveler, educator, Warri master and art collector.

As an extension of SISTAAH’s mission to increase health awareness in underserved populations, SISTAAH Art Studio continues the tradition of intersecting individuals, issues and art by the presentation of a series of O.Y.E. (Open Your Eyes) Exhibits featuring art displays and dialogues of social significance by local visual artists/residents.

Join us for the opening reception for GREET the Griot! on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at SISTAAH Studio, 401 W. 149th Street, NY, NY 10031 (near St. Nicholas Avenue). Subway: A,B,C, D or #1 to 145th Street. Bus: M3, M100, M101 to 148th St. For further information call (646) 590-2728 or email SistaahStudio@gmail.com

 

Aubu’s Arbors — December 7, 2012

Aubu’s Arbors

Greetings Neighbors and Friends,

SISTAAH Art Studio, 401 West 149th Street, will open its doors to the public for the first time in a newly acquired space in the historic Sugar Hill section of Harlem on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. As an extension of SISTAAH’s mission to increase health awareness in underserved populations, SISTAAH Art Studio will continue the tradition of intersecting individuals, issues and art by the presentation of a series of O.Y.E. (Open Your Eyes) Exhibits featuring art displays and dialogues of social significance by local visual artists.

SISTAAH Art Studio’s inaugural exhibit entitled Aubu’s Arbors features a collection of sculptures, masks, collages and paintings using sticks, branches, roots, resins, leaves and other fallen-tree remnants, masterfully transformed by mixed-media artist, Aubu.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be open to the public from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Aubu’s Arbors will remain on display through January 14, 2013.

SISTAAH Art Studio is located at 401 W. 149th St., NY, NY 10031 between Convent and St. Nicholas Avenues.

For more information, please call (212) 926-3517 or email sistaahhealth@aol.com

 

Third Annual Survivorship Saturday in Harlem—October 13, 2012

Survivorship Exhibit

25th Biennial Symposium – June 27–July 1, 2012

TREKS THROUGH TEXAS
Traveling Exhibit Featured at 25th Biennial Symposium

In June 2012, SISTAAH, Inc. and Celebrating Life Foundation displayed their joint exhibition TRANSFORMATION & TRIUMPH at The Intercultural Cancer Council’s 25th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Health Equity in Houston, Texas. The 5-day was attended by 800 participants including physicians, researchers, community organizers, cancer survivors, health educators, and students. Houston is the third stop on the national tour of Transformation & Triumph!, a traveling breast cancer awareness art exhibition which focuses on African-American women, women of color and the medically underserved.

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I'm Not Alone documentary – Feb. 15, 2012

Support at The JCC in Manhattan presents

I'm NOT Alone: A Documentary Film for Breast Cancer Awareness

Wed, Feb 15, 7 pm, Free

When CUNY TV producer, Sara Porath, was diagnosed with breast cancer, her thoughts were filled with confusion, helplessness and fear. She dealt with the news the way she knew best—by using film to turn her private journey into public education.

Screening of the film will be followed by a discussion between Sara and artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant and Baruch College Asst. Prof. of Law Carl Aylman (who are interviewed in the film).

The evening is free but pre-registration is strongly suggested to guarantee a seat.

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Survivorship Sunday in Harlem – July 18, 2010

SURVIVORSHIP SUNDAY IN HARLEM OBSERVED ON JULY 18

Celebrating Survivorship of Cancer of any Kind in Women and Men in Harlem
(A Special Event Sponsored by Senator Bill Perkins)

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Survivorship Sunday in Harlem for Cancer Survivors, Caregivers and Health Professionals will take place on July 18, 2010 from 2:00–6:00 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street in the Art Gallery on the second floor. Senator Bill Perkins is sponsoring the first Survivorship Sunday in Harlem, a celebration of survivorship of cancer of any kind in women and men in our community. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and healthcare professionals will unite to honor survivors for their strength and courage, and also recognize the contributions of their supporters.

Survivorship Sunday in Harlem will feature a 60-piece mixed media art exhibition of visual artist and two-time breast cancer survivor, Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, and include an art talk and lunch reception. Clock Strikes Thirteen, a visual art homage to well-known Black women who lost their lives to breast cancer will be on display alongside other assemblage art works which address early detection, advocacy issues and cancer survivorship.

Cultural animator, Jeremiah Kyle Drake of the Riverside Church will conduct Watch What You Watch, an interactive workshop focusing on the Aesthetics of Health using techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed. In addition, the recently released documentary, Survive & Thrive: Hope, Laughter and Truth which features eleven breast cancer survivors (including Grant and two other New York residents) sharing survivorship experiences during an Alaskan retreat, will be screened.

Admission to Survivorship Sunday in Harlem is free. Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call (212) 926-3517.

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Clock Strikes Thirteen … Again!– July 17, 2010

Clock Strikes Thirteen … Again!

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You are invited to join mixed-media artist Wilhelmina Obatola Grant for an art talk and refreshments at the opening reception of visual art exhibition Clock Strikes Thirteen, an homage to 13 well-known Black women who lost their lives to breast cancer, on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street in the Art Gallery on the second floor.

Clock Strikes Thirteen will be on display alongside other assemblage art works which address early detection, advocacy issues and cancer survivorship from July 1-31, 2010 by appointment by calling (212) 926-3517 or by emailing:

Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to enter the building.

Click to view streaming video from 3/11/10 Opening Reception of Clock Strikes Thirteen Visual Art Exhibition

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Harlem Relay for Life – July 15, 2010

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Harlem Relay for Life

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society on July 15, 2010.

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The Creative Power of Women Awards – March 26, 2010

The Creative Power of Women Awards

On March 26, 2010, I was one of nine women presented with The Creative Power of Women Awards by State Senator Bill Perkins for using the creative arts to bring public awareness and attention to social issues. 

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Alain Locke Arts & Action Award – March 3, 2010

Alain Locke Award

On March 3, 2010 the Harlem Arts Alliance presented the Alain Locke Arts & Action Award to Wilhelmina Obatola Grant for outstanding efforts to increase awareness through the arts.

Alain Locke was an artist who used the arts to bring awareness to cultural and social issues. The Harlem Arts Alliance presents this award to those who use their membership to illuminate issues and empower people to act to address them.

Click to read article from New York Beacon.

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The Black Art History Maker’s Awards – February 26, 2010

The Black Art History Maker’s Awards

Honoring Faith Ringgold, Ademola Olugebefola and Wilhelmina Obatola Grant

Keynote Speaker: Achamyeleh Debela, Professor of Art and Director of the Computing Center for the Arts, North Carolina Central University

See the flyer or click here for more information.

Article in The New York Amsterdam News

 

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Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery – January-March 2010

It's 10 PM -- Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

I had the privilege of exhibiting a piece entitled "It's 10 PM -- Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"  in the Black Artist As Activist exhibition.  Upon examination of the piece, one of the youth exclaimed "This is mad cool -- and I so get it."  (see photos below) 

The Black Artist As Activist exhibition features artists from the African Diaspora whose work depicts the notion of the artist as an environmental, ethical, humanistic and social activist.  The exhibition is a core project of The Black Artist As Activist (BAAA) program, which explores the concept of artists as transformative agents from social, cultural, and political perspectives.  This program provides venues for literary, visual and performance artists to create art, to engage in conversations about the impact of their art on society, to exhibit their art and to raise societal awareness for the use of art as a tool for liberation.

The show can be viewed from January 31 - March 28, 2010 at Danny Simmons' Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11238 - 718.230.5002 www.corridorgallerybrooklyn.org

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Countee Cullen Branch of the New York Public Library – March 2010

CLOCK STRIKES THIRTEEN

A mixed-media visual art exhibition during Women’s History Month to commemorate the stellar journeys of 13 well-known Black women lost to breast cancer

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(New York, New York, January 25, 2010) Visual Artist and two-time breast cancer survivor, Wilhelmina ‘Obatola ‘ Grant will unveil her newest mixed media assemblage exhibition, Clock Strikes Thirteen, which pays homage to trailblazing Black female ancestors who have impacted society significantly, and who would have undoubtedly made even greater contributions if they had lived longer, healthier lives. The exhibition features depictions of Fannie Lou Hamer, Hattie McDaniel, Audre Lorde, Minnie Riperton, and nine others who died of breast cancer before age 60. On March 11, 2010 The Countee Cullen Branch of the New York Public Library will host the Opening Reception for this Women’s History Month Art Exhibition from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in their Art Gallery at 104 W. 136th Street, New York, NY 10030. Admission is free and the exhibition may be viewed daily except Sundays from March 3 through March 27 from 2:00 p.m. until ½ hour before library closing.

Clock Strikes Thirteen is the latest addition to Grant’s breast cancer awareness assemblage art exhibition and highlights the alarming fact that the Black community suffers a disproportionately higher mortality rate due to breast cancer than other ethnic groups even though diagnoses are less frequent. Clock Strikes Thirteen is the result of Grant’s exhaustive research which revealed only two (2) high profile Black women survivors of breast cancer as compared to a list bearing the names of hundreds of famous white women living with breast cancer today.

Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, as a mixed-media assemblage artist, uses discarded or found objects which she repurposes into art to inform and educate the community to increase awareness about the benefits of early detection of breast cancer, survivorship and advocacy.

 

Columbia University in the City of New York – November 2009

Triumph and Transformation: Life After Breast Cancer

Presented by: The Office of Government and Community Affairs - Columbia University in the City of New York

A mixed-media assemblage art exhibition focusing on breast cancer awareness. Download flyer.

1/6/10:

Dear Colleagues, Family and Friends,

I am delighted to share the attached article, “Art Seen Uptown” which was featured in the Manhattan Times newspaper last week. I am also pleased to announce that Triumph & Transformation: Life After Breast Cancer will be extended an additional week with a new closing date of Friday, January 22, 2010.

Wilhelmina Obatola Grant, Visual Artist.
Opening Reception Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion 1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 168th St.)

Ongoing exhibition at 2 locations:
November 16, 2009 - January 14, 2010

Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue (at 168th St.)
Open Monday through Friday during regular business hours

Lasker Biomedical Research Building
3960 Broadway (entrance on 166th St.)
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

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Countee Cullen Branch of the NY Public Library – October 2009

Opening Reception Breast Cancer Awareness Art Exhibition

New York Public Library
Countee Cullen Branch

Click to read article from the New York Beacon:

NY Beacon

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The gallery was full.Jeremiah, Minnie and JimMemorial section
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Riverside Church, Sundays, May 31, 2009 – March 28, 2010

WHAT “CAN WE DO” TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?

Riverside Church
91 Claremont Ave., Room 9T
New York, NY 10027
1–4pm
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Artists: Aubu, Valerie T. Kirk, Obatola, Jeremiah Kyle Drake and the Actors of CTO Riverside

Black Eyes Belong on Peas — Not People
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The Pen and Brush, May 30, 2009

63rd Sculpture Exhibition

Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
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Riverside Church, March 29, 2009

WHAT “CAN WE DO” TO BREAK THE CHAIN OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN?

Riverside Church
91 Claremont Ave., Room 9T
New York, NY 10027
1–4pm
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Visual Art by Jeremiah Kyle Drake, Aubu, Obatola W. Grant & Phoenix

Come and join us to experience ourselves as “spectators” and “actors” in the story of violence against women. This is an action to reinvent the past, better understand the present, in order to invent the future.

Facilitator: Jeremiah Kyle Drake with Speakers from CONNECT, SAFE HORIZON and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

 

Carver Federal Savings Bank, March 26, 2009

Press Conference: 125th Street Business Improvement District BID ON CULTURE Project

Harlem NewsClick to read Harlem News Group story, "Art Across 125th Adds Color and Excitement"

Amsterdam News
Click to read New York Amsterdam News story, "BID on Culture street banners unveiled"

This event recognized the artists whose designs were selected through the BID ON CULTURE banner design competition.

BID ON CULTURE is a new initiative developed through the partnership between the 125th Street BID and the Harlem Arts Alliance to help build a community-based vision of Harlem's heritage, its role as a vibrant cultural center, and to promote the continued revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem.

BID ON CULTURE Banners will extend the brand of 125th Street as the center of culture in Harlem, a diverse community with an unparalleled history of contribution to the nation in all fields of human endeavor.

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Pen & Brush Building, March 5–29, 2009

Art into Life / Life into Art: Celebrating Women's History

Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
T–F 4-7pm
Sat–Sun 1-5pm
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The Pen & Brush proudly presents Art into Life/Life into Art, an international multi-media exhibition curated by Midori Yoshimoto.  This exhibition consists of art works that forge new connections between art and life in the 21st century.  Within the context of women's history, these artist's consider the reaction of artists in the 1960s to the modernist credo of "art for art's sake".

Midori Yoshimoto is an ass ociate professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University. Her exhibitions include, Yoko Ono:  Imagine Peace (2008), and For My People:  The Art of Elizabeth Catlett (2006).  She specializes in Japanese avant-garde art of the 1960's.  Her publications include:  Into Performance:  Japanese Women Artists in New York (2005), which interweaves art and life of five Japanese women artists including Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama; an essay in Zen'ei no Josei 1950-1975 (2005); and entries in Yes Yoko Ono (2000).  She is currently editing an issue of Women and Performance on "Women and Fluxus" and co-editing a volume of Positions on "Collectivism in 20th century Japanese art."  Dr. Yoshimoto serves as the Chair of CAA's Committee of Women in the Arts. 

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 2009

National Conference of Artists Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Obatola led a discussion on art and censorship. A video of the event is being shown on Arts and Culture on public access TV.

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Pen & Brush Building, Feb.12–March 1, 2009

First Response: Artists Imagine…America. How will President Obama's election change our world?

A Multi-Media Art Exhibition
Pen & Brush Building at
16 East 10th Street
in New York’s Greenwich Village
T–F 4-7pm
Sat–Sun 1-5pm

Opening Reception:  Thursday, February 12, 4–7pm

The Pen & Brush proudly presents First Response: Artists Imagine…America, a multi-media exhibition curated by Jerelle Kraus, former art director of The New York Times. This exhibit brings together multifaceted viewpoints that contemplate our current cultural climate and celebrate this pivotal moment in history.

Jerelle Kraus is a Fulbright scholar, fine artist, writer, and illustrator. For thirteen of her thirty years at The New York Times she art directed its Op-Ed and Editorial pages. Throughout her career, her award-winning contributions to the arts have been exhibited and published internationally. Her recent book, All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Page, reveals the inside story of the Op-Ed page from its conception to today.

Founded over 115 years ago, The Pen & Brush, Inc., is an international non-profit organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts. Our rich history is a chronicle of persistence, passion, dedication, and a commitment to equal opportunity. Some of the countless inspirational women in our number include Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl S. Buck, Ida M. Tarbell and Jessie Tarbox Beals.

While honoring the ideals and contributions of the women from our vibrant past, The Pen and Brush also reaches forward, serving as an open, diverse, and global forum. Our exhibitions, competitions and programs are open to all professional women artists internationally. The Pen & Brush is a contemplative cultural resource for its members, non-member participants, the professional arts community, and the general public.

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Bank Street College, Feb. 2–28, 2009

Bank Street CollegeThe Artists in Bank Street's Backyard

an art exhibition sponsored by the Priscilla E. Pemberton Society
Bank Street College
610 W112th Street
M-F 10am-8pm
Sat 10am-3pm

featuring the work of:
Anna Alvarez * Sonia Barnett * Michelle Bishop * Denise Bradley * Aleathia Brown  PJ Cobbs * Valerie Deas * Ife Felix * Laura R. Gadson * Obatola Wilhelmina Grant * Pat Mabry * Robyn Mahone Lonesome * Dindga McCannon * Misha McGlown *  Ruth Miller * Dionis Ortiz * Eduardo Alexander Rabel * Ayanna Ricco * Barbara RusselL * Shimoda

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New York Public Library, Oct. 25, 2008

Celebrating Strength, Perseverance and Triumph Over Challenges of Breast Cancer Art Exhibition

Artist’s Statement
Assemblage Art is something I have been doing for quite some time, but only recently did I discover that this activity has a particular name.  Lately I have been creating pieces made from discarded objects found in various locations throughout Harlem.  It interests me to use found object art as a concrete way to interpret abstract emotional and psychological aspects of human behavior; it is my sincere hope to have an impact in the realm of visual art.  Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of my work are reflective of my experiences in the community.

The eighteen pieces in The Celebrating Strength, Perseverance and Triumph Over Challenges of Breast Cancer Exhibition are meant to inspire and impart information. The African-American community in particular is suffering a disproportionately higher mortality rate due to cancer.  Earlier detection and treatment can make a difference.  My goal is to enlighten and change attitudes about cancer by using myself as a positive example of survivorship.  The introduction of visual art is another unique way to disseminate this vital information. 


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