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Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey


Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey, is a digital exhibition in recognition of Juneteenth, an observance acknowledging the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth (a combination of the words June and nineteenth) is recognized in most states and the District of Columbia as a local holiday or ceremonial observance and was designated a federal holiday in 2021. 

TMA invited eight members of the Toledo Black Artist Coalition (TBAC) to curate an online exhibition featuring works by influential Black artists from the Museum’s collection, including sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) and photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) among others. TBAC guest curators are noted local artists James Dickerson, Dustin Hostetler, Audrey Johnson, Imani Lateef, Yusuf Lateef, Lydia Myrick, Simone Spruce, and Paul Verdell. The online exhibition launches on TMA’s website on June 19, 2021.


Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey,is sponsored in part by 2021 Exhibition Program Sponsors Taylor Cadillac and ProMedica, with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council. We would also like to acknowledge our community partners Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, City of Toledo Human Relations Commission, Synergy Engagement, Creadio and Jayramon, LLC. 


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