The Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad Educational Symposium and Gallery Tour with the Artist, organized by the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, complemented the Color in Freedom art exhibit by Joseph Holston. The purpose of this exhibit and symposium was to enhance the viewer’s understanding of individual human responses to the condition of slavery, the dynamics between escape and capture, and the brightness and color in the beauty of freedom. The symposium was led by distinguished professors from Georgetown University, Norfolk State University, the College of Southern Maryland, Howard University, University of Maryland, College Park, Yale University, and Vanderbilt University.
Presenters integrated lesson plans with the virtual exhibit to examine how the underground railroad influenced artists, writers, musicians and others in shaping ideas about cultural identity and the transformative experience of artistic expression. Areas of discussion include the historical context, the visual presentation, and myths and symbolism.
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