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​​Black Lives Matt​er: Voices of Protest,
Activism, & Art​​

Exhibition Dates: April 9 - July 8, 2022

Black Lives Matter: Voices of Protest, Activism, and Art is a dynamic exhibition that brings together over 25 Southern California based artists whose work is expressed through various mediums including: painting, photography, mosaics, and more, The exhibition was bo​rn out of the desire to breathe new life and energy into the Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties while at the same time bring public art into the space. The exhibition began with asking the question: What happened to the murals that were created in downtown at the Riverside Fox Theatre during the summer of 2020 protests? Several months over the course of 2020, the streets across US and around the globe world were filled with people standing up for racial justice, and standing against the state sanctioned forms of violence against Black bodies. Black Lives Matter- a rallying cry that began in 2013 with the death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman-took hold in 2020 upon the deaths of turn, artists and creatives in cities across the US, including Riverside, repurposed the plywood board as used them as blank canvases to create various forms of artistic expression. The murals in the exhibition are the public mural art that artists created during in June 2020 and displayed until April 2021 at the Riverside Fox Theater. Those murals were created, and in some cases, even defaced (for example, with a Swatiska, or with eggs). For this exhibition, and full of life. The art within in it, reflects more than the global outrage expressed by millions of people in the US. It is also about humanity, the human condition, beauty, creativity, and possibility. ​


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Meet the Artists

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AmParo Cortez ​Chi
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Michael Elderman
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Carlos Puma
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Cosme Cordova
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Cynthia Huerta

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Selena Jane Wilson
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Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja
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Denise Silva

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Erin Maroufkhani​
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Greg Maxwell
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Cathy Maxwell

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Mariah Green
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Elide Sanchez
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Maurice Howard
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Johnny Pee





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