This month, Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) will open its doors for two blockbuster exhibitions; ‘In Pursuit of Freedom Now!’ a pop up public history exhibit amplifying the roots and wings of activism and ‘Forward Ever! Sacred Ground & Sovereign Space’, a contemporary art exhibit, exploring our creative resilience that seeks to reclaim sovereign spaces where we can be brilliant, Black and free.
On May 30th, the Weeksville Ambassadors are calling all millennial neighbors, young Black professionals, HBCU alum, and members of the historically Black Greek letter fraternities and sororities to celebrate our radical past and revolutionary future manifested through the visual arts.
IPOF Now! artist Elan Cardiz offers attendees the opportunity to engage deeply with the exhibition by mousting Street Shrine, Take Action. Standing under Karina Puente's "Cut Deep", a memorial to Black and brown lives lost by police, we invite you to inscribe words of wisdom, pathways to peace and cries for justice.
The Weeksville Ambassadors are a collective of young professionals committed to advancing Weeksville Heritage Center's mission and vision through community engagement and philanthropy.
Elan Cardiz is a North American Interdisciplinary Assemblage Visual Artist. Cardiz's works are grounded in the domestic, historical imagery and personal narrative. Her artwork tends to begin with the deconstruction of prior knowledge concluding my investigation with a fusion of home, material histories and redefinition. Balancing the intersectionality that exists as a woman of many ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds I'm constantly looking to my personal history to better understand myself and the world. Cardiz likes to constantly re-invent myself with each project series that I take on. I use various formats of presentation: video, poetry, storytelling, artifacts, print media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, illustrations and installation. The presentation may differ but remain in constant conversation with each other.