If you are in the Washington, DC area and looking to explore, you should consider taking a trip to the Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House historic site presents Makers In The Mansion: A Transformed African American Community at Woodlawn through the Artisan Eye, an installation in our museum areas from June – October, 2018. This African American Art Exhibit, Makers in the Mansion, is curated by Amanda Phillips, Director, Site Interpretation & Partnerships, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House and the Project Writer is Cherryl T. Cooley. This project is funded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with support from The JPB Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
According to the site, “Woodlawn has recently embarked on an interpretation that tells the stories of all of our owners, who, throughout its history, and often through creative pursuit, expressed their views on social matters important to their time. Now, through six installations of work and a writing project by local African American artisans, we open the first door to a longer journey to broaden our interpretation of the largely unknown histories of the people who didn’t own the mansion house or property, but had a huge impact on it nevertheless. “
Image Credit: Jai Williams, Photography
Makers In The Mansion, African American Art Exhibit