Marin City Arts and Culture Founder Discusses the Future of Black Artist Visibility

Oshalla Diana Marcus spoke out regarding her mission to break the wall of racism that holds black artists behind white artists. 

Oshalla Diana Marcus is a Marin City native who has watched as gentrification changed the world around her for the entirety of her life. 

Marin City is a small area just north of San Francisco where a lot of lower-income BIPOC families were forced to move when San Francisco became the tech-hub it is today. 

Marcus has faith in the healing power of art, and she is on a life mission to bring art access to underprivileged communities in Marin City. 

She is the founder of the MC Arts and Culture membership group. This group hosts Black artists in various disciplines, ranging from visual art, music, theater, dance, and writing devoted to preserving and amplifying Black cultural art forms. 

On Tuesday (6/23/2020), Marcus got on Zoom to speak about the future of her organization, Black artists, and where Black art is going to go in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the current amplified civil rights movement. 

Marcus was joined by several artists from her collective, including sculpture artist and painter Zwanda Cook, painter Lumumba Edwards, Orin Carpenter, and mixed-media artists Malaak Atkins. 

A synopsis and recording of the talk that Marcus conducted will be available on the MC Arts and Culture website in the near future. 

However, if you want to get involved and educated on the plight of Black artists in modern times and throughout history, the MC Arts and Culture website has dozens of fantastic articles that will illuminate, educate, and inspire those who care to look. 

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Post originally appeared on History Obsessed.