The Art of Being Black: Conversation and Experience

This show came about in response to the protests for racial justice that took place this spring across the country – and here in Danville.  It is grounded in our belief that having conversations can bring people together and foster a better understanding of our lived experiences. Art plays an important role in expressing our experiences – and it sparks powerful conversations.

In this show, artists from throughout Kentucky have shared their artistic interpretations in the hopes of encouraging community dialogue and self reflection. 

Click here to sign our virtual guest book! We’d love to know where you live, since this virtual exhibit reaches far beyond Danville.

Join us in-person and online for a multi-faceted celebration of the Black experience, including:

– Three inter-related exhibits;
– Educational programs for children and adults;
– Gallery talks with the artists;
– Conversations hosted by the Danville-Boyle County African American Historical Socity.

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thanks to our exhibit advisory committee

Thanks to our sponsors

Explore the show


Artwork in this exhibit was created in response to a series of conversations among members of Danville’s African-American community.


Artwork inspired by civil rights photographs – interpreted by contemporary visual artists.

Call and Response

A juried exhibit of artwork that addresses the theme of the Black experience.

The Artists

Meet the five presenting artists whose work is featured in the Conversations and Momentum exhibits.


Join the conversation with virtual and hands-on opportunities to respond to the show.


Join the conversation through a series of exhibit-related programs.

Field Trips

A robust virtual field trip curriculum accompanies our winter show. Find out how to register your students.


Deepen your understanding of the exhibit through a series of related videos.

Press Kit

Resources for reporters and other media.