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People approach landscaping in many different ways depending on their circumstances. In the case of Shawana Brooks, development director at Jacksonville Arts & Music School, and visual artist Roosevelt Watson III, they came up with an ingenious way to dress up their yard and 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.

Register today for the program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. This virtual program is free, but you must register. Once you do, we’ll send you the link, so you can join the meeting.

Learn more about the Garden Club’s virtual programs here.


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