HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE TO DISPLAY NEW MURAL FROM AVA DuVERNAY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT – BLACK ART IN AMERICA™

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE 

TO DISPLAY NEW MURAL FROM AVA DuVERNAY’S 

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

Ava DuVernay’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) is partnering with the Houston Museum of African American Culture to display its latest commission, BLUE IS THE COLOR WE SEE BEFORE WE DIE, by Texas-based multidisciplinary artist Delita Martin. The original, hand-painted mural chronicles Bastrop, Texas County Police Officer Daniel Willis’ actions that resulted in the 2014 murder of Yvette Smith. More information on LEAP and the case can be found here.

Tickets are free.

Exhibit opens this Friday, July 9, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, July 9, 2021, from 6–8pm.

**Please RSVP with: Davinia Reed | dreed@hmaac.org 

Houston Museum of African American Culture

4807 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Martin’s work was shown at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and welcomed into the Library of Congress.

ABOUT LEAP:

Launched in 2020 by the non-profit ARRAY Alliance, the LEAP fund commissions projects across multiple disciplines including film, literature, poetry, theater, dance, fine art and music. LEAP is envisioned as a two-year project to catalyze a minimum of 25 artist commissions to catalyze creative expression around police violence and accountability. LEAP’s previously announced artist grantees include: photographer Steven Kirby’s photo essay, 41 TO ’99; poet and activist W.J. Lofton’s visual poem Would You Kill God Too?; culinary artist Jocelyn Jackson’s FIXED PRICE MENU; and singer/songwriter RaRe Valverde’s SAFE WHERE?. The Ford Foundation was an inaugural funder of LEAP. Data was contributed by the analytics organization Mapping Police Violence. For more information, go to www.leapaction.org

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