The Alluvial Collective, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Alcorn State University Co-Host “Critical Places” Art Talk

Mikael Levin MS photo

The Alluvial Collective, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Alcorn State University Co-Host “Critical Places” Art Talk

Join an open discussion on race and history inspired by Mikael Levin’s photographic project about sites of slave revolt.

Natchez, MS – The Alluvial Collective, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Alcorn State University Southwest Mississippi Center for Culture and Learning are co-hosting a conversation and art exhibition event to discuss race and history. 

The event begins with the launch of Mikael Levin’s exhibition “Critical Places: Sites of American Slave Rebellion” on April 3, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CT) at ASU’s Belles Lettres Hall. After the exhibition, guests are invited to join a facilitated dialogue circle from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT) to discuss their thoughts. Another dialogue circle will be available on April 4 at the same time and place.

Levin’s exhibition, which is touring the South, features compelling photographs of historic landscapes that were once the sites of slave rebellions, raising important questions for viewers about the history of race in America. 

“In showing how the rebellions of the enslaved are remembered in the landscape (or the lack thereof), I hope to prompt an awareness of how these rebellions still reverberate in social patterns and economic structures,” said Levin.

Inspired by the exhibited photographs, the Alluvial Collective’s dialogue circles provide a facilitated space for discussions with a focus on deep listening, storytelling, and radical empathy. 

“Over our 25 years of work, we’ve found that art serves as a very powerful entry point to engage with history. It takes people out of their usual way of thinking, leaving them open to new perspectives,” said April Grayson, Director of Community & Capacity Building at The Alluvial Collective. “The visual power of Levin’s photographs reminds people that history is among us, even in places that seem mundane.”

“Critical Places” will be on display until May 31. For more information, visit https://alluvialcollective.org/.

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About The Alluvial Collective: The Alluvial Collective works to end inequity based on difference by cultivating belonging and wholeness in the world. The Alluvial Collective does this by supporting youth engagement opportunities and creating intentional space for communities to bridge divides, form new connections, and work together to create measurable change across the state. Learn more about The Alluvial Collective by visiting our website: https://alluvialcollective.org/

About the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC): The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private nonprofit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities. MHC’s primary goal is to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to support nonprofit groups in Mississippi. Learn more: https://mshumanities.org/

About Alcorn State University (ASU): Founded as the nation’s first public historically Black land-grant institution, Alcorn State University has a history of creating opportunities for Black students in Mississippi and beyond. The Southwest Mississippi Center for Culture & Learning at ASU was developed to support local creativity and culture through community engagement and education opportunities. Learn more: https://www.alcorn.edu/academics/center-for-culture-learning/

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