Artist Keaton Bell visited the Forest Park Library to conduct a hands-on drawing and collage program centered around Black History. During the event, attendees had the opportunity to explore the concept of Afrofuturism.
Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic and philosophy that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentrism. It imagines alternative futures or reimagines historical narratives through a lens that centers on the experiences and perspectives of people of African descent. This genre often explores themes such as identity, race, technology, and social justice within speculative and imaginative contexts.
Afrofuturism can manifest in various art forms, including literature, music, visual art, and film. It celebrates Black culture while also challenging traditional narratives and stereotypes, offering a space for imagining new possibilities and empowering marginalized communities. Through Afrofuturism, artists and creators envision futures where Black people play central and empowered roles, where cultural heritage is embraced and celebrated, and where social and technological advancements are accessible to all.
What fantasist group for this year’s Black History Month Community Quilt. This year we made log cabin quilt blocks. The log cabin was used in a quilt or drawn on the ground to indicate that the people here are safe to speak with on the Underground Railroad.
Community quilts from the last three years are on display at the Forest Park Public Library for the month of February.