Merced Multicultural Arts Center exhibit dedicated to Black Arts Movement

An exhibit dedicated to the Black Arts Movement kicked off Feb. 28 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center and continues through April 11.

Titled “Voices of the Black Arts Movement,” the exhibit includes a large collection of paintings, poetry, arts and memorabilia from the ’60s and ’70. A special reception for the exhibit was held last week during a special conference examining the music.

The Black Arts Movement, which began in the mid-1960s, is generally described as an effort by writers, poets and artists to emphasize black aesthetics and art forms as an effort to uplift black people globally. The exhibit is particularly timely because Amiri Baraka, one of the primary architects of the Black Arts Movement, died in January at age 79.

The exhibit is curated by Greg Morozumi, director of Oakland’s Eastside Arts Alliance. It includes several poems by Baraka, along with ’60s-era photographs of him. The exhibit also included artwork by Melvin Clark, Elizabeth Catlett, Tarika Lewis, Malaquías Montoya, R.V. Correll, Jimi Evans and Emory Douglas, among others.

Admission to the exhibit is free for the public.

The center is at 645 W. Main St. in downtown Merced. It’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The center is also open by appointment. For more information call (209) 388-1090 or visit