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Amplifying Black voices: Des Moines Art Center exhibition aims to help others learn from one another

The Black Stories exhibition highlights the work of Black artists. Located in the Des Moines Art Center, organizers had no idea how timely the project would be.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Visibility to the Black voice and a chance for art lovers to learn more about minority cultures— that's what the Des Moines Art Center has to offer with the Black Stories exhibition.

The exhibition highlights the work by Black artists in the art center's permanent collection in four groupings: In Living Color, In Black and White, In Wakanda, and a shrine room. 

"We wanted to showcase the work by Black artists in our permanent collections and these would include African Americans, British, African British artists as well as African artists," said Director Jeff Fleming with the art center. 

The exhibit came around the perfect time.

"Partnering with the community, collaborating with the community, a time to hopefully gather, a time to share, to heal, and hopefully a time to grow. We had no idea the timeliness of the project when we began," Fleming said.

"There have been tears of joys, tears of sadness, shouts of joy, all of the above. We all need to be participants at the table. We all could learn from one another, we all could share with one another, and we can all grow together. So, that's what this is about," Fleming said.