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Join Us For Ruby Dee’s Return to Karamu House

Jul 16, 2013   //   by Sankofa Staff   //   Artovation, Events, Upcoming Events  //  Comments Off


The Unveiling

presented by

***NEW DATE***

Friday, July 26th

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Karamu House

8111 Quincy Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44014

(refreshments will be served)


Join us for the unveiling of Artovation, the Sankofa Fine Art Plus community mural arts project featuring the mural of Ruby Dee created by nationally renowned muralist Kent Twitchell.  This event is free but you must RSVP here by Thursday, July 18th.


Ruby Dee Mural Project Moved to July

Jun 20, 2013   //   by Sankofa Staff   //   Artovation, Community Arts, Upcoming Events  //  Comments Off

Screen and stage legend Ruby Dee will still return to the historic Karamu House theater for a final encore, but she will arrive fashionably late.

Artovation, the Sankofa Fine Art Plus community mural arts project featuring the mural of Ruby Dee created by nationally renowned muralist Kent Twitchell, has been re-scheduled from late May to July.

Meanwhile as you can see, Kent has been busy painting, assembling and putting the finishing touches on the 40-by-36-foot mural which Cleveland-area artist apprentices and members of Cleveland’s Fairfax community will help to complete and install on the west-facing wall of the theater.

You can join presenting sponsor JP Morgan Chase and help bring this important public arts project to life!  Click here to contribute to the unveiling program, and for updates on this community arts project of “monumental” proportions!


One-of-a-Kind Mural Project Brings “Monumental” Opportunities for Local Artists

Mar 19, 2013   //   by Sankofa Staff   //   Press Releases, Upcoming Events  //  Comments Off

One-of-a-Kind Mural Project Brings “Monumental” Opportunities for Local Artists

Renowned muralist Kent Twitchell needs a few good hands for larger-than-life-sized Ruby Dee mural planned for Karamu House


Cleveland, OH – A few good artists will be needed to lend their talents to give Ruby Dee a touch-up for her permanent return to Karamu House, the oldest African-American cultural institution in the country.

It’s not as if the stage and screen legend, and Karamu alum, needs any improvement.  However, Sankofa Fine Art Plus has invited the world renowned mural artist, Kent Twitchell, to immortalize the graceful actress on a mural for “Artovation,” the Fairfax community mural project.  Local artists will have an opportunity to participate in the historic event.

Dee was born in Cleveland, but grew up in Harlem, where she got her start in theater as a teenager, eventually joining the American Negro Theatre in 1941.  Her career credits include the films, The Jackie Robinson Story and Do the Right Thing, along with award-winning Broadway Plays, A Raisin in the SunPurlie Victorious and the once beloved television soap opera,Peyton Place.  Dee has won a number of awards, but in 2008, she received her first Oscar nomination for playing Mama Lucas in the hit film American Gangster.

“When we were presented this opportunity to memorialize a Cleveland arts legend with a mural of this magnitude, it was clear that none other than Ruby Dee was deserving of this honor,” said Sankofa Board President LaToya Smith. “Her contribution to the performing arts, most notably to Cleveland’s African-American theater tradition and Cleveland’s historic Fairfax neighborhood, made Ms. Dee hands-down the perfect subject of this important mural project by one of the country’s most celebrated mural artists, Kent Twitchell.”

Twitchell will be the artist-in-residence for Artovation.  The Los Angeles-based grand scale artist has already begun painting and constructing the 40-by-36-foot mural, which will be installed May 1-20, 2013 on the west-facing side of the historic African-American theater (2355 E. 89th St.) in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.

The Artovation project is supported by The George Gund Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, J. P. Morgan Chase, PNC Bank, Deaconess Community Foundation, Charter One Bank, United Black Fund, Dominion Foundation, Parker Hannifin, The Cobalt Group, the Adcom Group Inc. and the Ohio Arts Council.

Sankofa is inviting 7 to 10 professional and student artists to learn Twitchell’s unique mural technique and to have an opportunity to assist him in the finishing touches and installation. Participants will learn the unique technique for a one-time application fee of $25.

The apprentices will be selected by a jury made up of the Cleveland Institute of Art, the City of Cleveland Bureau of Cultural Arts Mural My Neighborhood Program and the Building Bridges Mural Program.

Sankofa will also draw on its long-standing commitment to city-wide mural projects to provide the selected apprentices with technical support and guidance in securing funding for the creation of their own murals throughout the city via its Mural Art Program.

Twitchell is known for his unique “Grid System and Parachute Cloth” mural-painting method which uses acrylic paint attached to a non-woven polyester cellulose silk fabric blend.  He has used the method to create life like monuments to such American cultural heroes as Michael Jackson, Julius “Dr. J” Irving and the late screen legend, Steve McQueen.  Twitchell is a faculty member at the Fresco School in Los Angeles, the only art school offering curriculum in true fresco techniques and mural painting.

For apprenticeship registration information, or to learn how to support this major effort, call Sankofa at (216) 200-6737 or e-mail Sankofa at info@sankofafineartplus.org.

African-American Art on View

Jan 24, 2013   //   by Sankofa Staff   //   Events, Upcoming Events  //  Comments Off

An exhibit featuring local and national artists is on view at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library now through March 1st.

Featured Artists Include

Donald Black Jr.
Thurston W. Coleman
Lamark A. Crosby
Lorraine Johnson-Davis
Jeffery R. Green
Gwendolyn Garth
M. Griffin
Shila Iris
Richardo Jackson
Garner Lewis
Rickey Lewis
Beverly Ramsay-Levert
Dale E. Levert
Ezra Levert Jr.
Samwal Norton Jr.
Butler Reid
Robin M. Robinson
Alice Hill Seifullah
Jerome White
Gary R. Williams


The library is located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard, Cleveland.  For more information, call (216) 623-7018.

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COSE Arts Network

Aug 15, 2012   //   by Sankofa Staff   //   Artist Development, Events, Upcoming Events  //  Comments Off

Sankofa Fine Art Plus is working with the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Arts Network to provide a discounted registration fee for Sankofa artists for the following upcoming events:

Arts Network Social

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Arts Network Education Session

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Arts Network Roundtable

To take advantage of the special registration rates and for more information, visit www.cose.org and mention Sankofa Fine Art Plus.



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Ohio Arts Council
Cuyahoga Arts Council
Fifth Third Bank