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Mother Africa exhibit at URI Feinstein Providence Campus for Black History Month, Feb. 2011

Media Contact: Steven Pennell, 401-277-5206

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus and the International Gallery of Heritage and Culture present "Mother Africa," an exhibit and events in honor of Black History Month, Jan. 24 - Feb. 25.

Gallery receptions with storytelling, music, dance and film will be held over three days, Feb. 22-24, from 5-7 p.m. The receptions include:

February 22: A concert of African musical sounds by Obuamah Laud Addy & AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra

February 23: African dance by human Creativity from Central Falls High School with storytelling and spoken word performances

February 24: The premiere of the documentary film “The Funeral of a Chief” by Munir Mohammed.

The exhibit and events explore Africa, its history to the present and the dynamic influence Africa has on the world. The exhibit will include documentary photography, artifacts, folk art, and visual arts in all media. All events, free and open to the public, will be held at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington St., Providence.

The event features the work of Ghanaian born painter Munir Mohammed along with more than 35 local professional and community artists: Rufus Abdullah, Jon & Nora Almond, Risa Corinne Clifton, Linda Avant-Deshinni, Ben Barros, Elizabeth Berroa, Tyna Braxton, Deanna Camputaro, Tallibah & Carlos Cabral, Risa Corinne Clifton, Kerry Coppin, David Delanos, George Garcia, Stephen P. Gross, Kenneth W. Hall, Jr., Evangelista Jimenez, Julius Kolawale, Nixon Leger, Titilola O. Martin, Cindy Ross Meeks, Onna Moniz-John, Dell Padgett, Hannah Resseger, Valorie Sheehan, Jade Sisti, Kathleen Sonier, Simone Spruce, Anna-Marie Still, Bela Teixiera, Sidney Tillet.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 9am - 9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am - 5pm closed Sundays. For information Call 401-277-5206 uri.artsandculture@gmail.com or visit uri.edu/prov.