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Ambassador Andrew Young shared the approaches the City of Atlanta took to promote African-American visual arts with a standing room only crowd at a forum held recently at at Morehouse College.

“Leadership in Visual Art and Culture,” was held at the African American Hall of Fame in the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel. Speakers included: Ambassador Andrew Young; Morehouse Alumni Dr. Calvin McLarin, art collector and Barry Gaither, National Center for Afro-American Artists in Boston; Radcliffe Bailey, visual artist; Museum ; Aaronetta Pierce, arts advocate and consultant. The panel was moderated by Jerry Thomas, art consultant and collector.

In a lively and often humorous exchange, the Leadership Forum explored the cultural importance of the visual arts. The Forum speakers urged African Americans to play a greater role as art collectors, as audiences for museum shows, as advocates and as academicians.

Young spoke of the National Black Arts Festival, the 1% for the arts, the art collection at the Atlanta Airport as some of the ways the city has promoted the visual arts. Radcliffe Bailey spoke of the significance of being honored with a show in his own hometown.

Panelists represented a diverse spectrum of leadership roles involving the visual arts.

The program was organized by the Andrew J. Young Foundation in partnership with the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership and the Leadership Studies Program at Morehouse College.

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