HFL Black History Month 550History Fort Lauderdale Spotlights Black History Month With “Black History, Black Future” Fine Art Exhibit

Show and Sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement Students Featured at New River Inn from February 2- 28

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (January 14, 2021) – History Fort Lauderdale, proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, is proud to spotlight the creativity and contributions of Broward County’s African American community. In honor of Black History Month, History Fort Lauderdale will host “Black History, Black Future,” a fine art exhibit featuring works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts’ Advanced Placement (AP) students, from February 2 - 28. The exhibit, curated by instructor Celestin Joseph, represents a contemporary view of Black History from the perspective of students at the very school that was instrumental in overturning segregation laws in the City of Fort Lauderdale 50 years ago. The exhibit will be open to the public at the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale and will be accessible as a digital experience on History Fort Lauderdale’s YouTube channel.

“History Fort Lauderdale is grateful to Dillard Center for the Arts’ Celestin Joseph and his efforts to enrich and enlighten our community through art and instruction,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “We’re looking forward to this year’s Black History Month installation of student creativity, perspectives and interpretations of how African American history and culture shapes our lives. We’re pleased to be able to offer this experience both in-person and online, digitally.”

“Black History, Black Future” will feature a variety of styles and mediums reflecting African American culture, arts and entertainment and the ongoing struggle for equality. Featured pieces in the exhibition include works by Tayshaun Small and Mikayle Morrison, both currently AP studio art students mentored by Joseph, himself a Dillard alumnus.

Joseph received his master’s in fine arts in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s in fine arts, cum laude, from the University of Hartford as a painting major, with an art history minor, and concentrations in printmaking and graphic design studies. Joseph also received a prestigious Yale/Norfolk Art and Music Scholarship to further his studies. Currently, he is teaching Advanced Placement studio art classes at his alma mater Dillard Center for the Arts where he has been strengthening the visual arts program since 1999.