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Morris County proclaims February 2022 as Black History Month

“Art in the Atrium” Exhibit of African American Art Planned for April to September

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Morris County’s Board of County Commissioners Wednesday adopted a special resolution proclaiming February as Black History Month 2022, urging residents to honor the centuries of contributions by African Americans to the nation, state and county.

“Tonight we join our fellow Americans across the United States in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments and lasting impact on our nation by our African American leaders and citizens with a resolution declaring February 2022 ‘Black History Month,’ “ said Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen during the board’s work session in Morristown.

“Through our resolution tonight, the Morris County Board of County Commissioners encourages everyone to honor and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our daily lives in America and towards the betterment of life within Morris County and across the globe,” Selen said.

Lauren LeBeaux Craig, Executive Director of Art in the Atrium (ATA), gave a presentation to the board on the organization’s current and future exhibits of African American art in Morris County, including an exhibit proposed for the county administration building beginning in April.

“ATA has worked in alliance with the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, the Office of the Morris County Administrator and numerous corporate and community partners. We have been hosting a Black History Month exhibit on the Novartis campus for the past 15 years, and we are currently hosting an exhibit at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown,” Craig said.

ATA also will be bringing a new exhibit to the county atrium from April through September, with plans to host a Juneteenth celebration

Art in the Atrium, now 30 years old, took its name from the atrium at the Morris County Administration Building in Morristown, where Ms. Craig’s parents, Victoria Craig and Charles Craig, established ATA, a nonprofit, volunteer organization with the mission to educate and exhibit African American fine art in Morristown. ATA’s annual exhibition, the largest of its kind in the state of New Jersey, has been a successful showcase of art by emerging and established artists.

Other Events in Morris County Celebrating Black History Month

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison:

  • The Coopers: “Freedom,” Abduction and Life in Central Delaware & Dr. Still and The Underground Railroad in NJ

County College of Morris:

  • If These Stones Could Talk – A Conversation about New Jersey’s African American History

Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown:

  • Art in the Atrium celebrates its 30th Anniversary with exhibits in MPAC’s art galleries

The Morristown & Morris Township Library:

  • Exploring Black History & Genealogy

Jay Edwards

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