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D’Andre Brooks

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King

Art as activist is the motto. It is vitally important that I use my artistic voice to express and decontextualize nuances of social strife and convert them into catalysts for social harmony. Art and its creation have traditionally been an introverted endeavor solely created from the mind of the individual artist. With the creation of social media, information is transferred so rapidly that a solo artist can’t possibly echo the sign of the times alone. Which subsequently makes community evolvement in the creation of public art such a valuable tool. It is paramount as artists, that we give the community that a specific work resides in, the chance to participate in an art “experience” rather than just provide an art “object” to view. Community engagement in art making allows the collective voices of the unheard to finally be heard.

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