The 3rd annual Emancipation art exhibition “Blackfullness” at Fort Frederik Museum celebrates USVI’s cultural heritage from July 12 through October 2024. The exhibition showcases a diverse array of artwork from local and regional artists, including Waldemar Brodhurst, Jeffrey Rezende, Victoria Rivera, Elisa Mackay, and many more.

“Blackfullness” is a word coined by the late Black feminist Audre Lorde to describe what she loved about her chosen home of St. Croix. Specifically, the Black community that provided her with a sense of great belonging and purpose that transcended place. The late artist and poet’s experience of St. Croix as a healing space and a source of inspiration is echoed in the works of many artists who have drawn from the island’s vibrant community and history.

According to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resource, this year’s exhibition spotlights the spirit of resistance that is at the core of Virgin Islanders’ identity and that is etched into everything that makes Virgin Islands’ cultural production so powerful.

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