The Garden Club joined curator and artist Shawana Brooks and visual artist Roosevelt Watson III on July 7 to discuss the ingenious way they have landscaped their yard to communicate with neighbors and the public-at-large. As renters, they wanted something flexible that also spoke to their artistic and creative sensibilities. Also, their house is situated one block from a Superfund site where hazardous waste contaminated the area, making growing their own food risky for their family’s health.
Together, they created the 6 Ft. Away Gallery, a pop-up public art space created by Brooks in response to the pandemic and the lack of opportunities for African-American artists. The gallery features Watson’s “Waymaker” series honoring the legacy of local and national contributions of lesser-known African-Americans and their allies.