Castries, Saint Lucia: The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), and the Office of the OAS General Secretariat in Saint Lucia join forces with the Headphunk organization and artists of the Caribbean to relaunch the activities held to commemorate the Fourth Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas in 2021.
From November 1st to 17th, several Caribbean artists will be showcased by the Art Museum of the Americas. This program is exemplary of the Museum’s mission to exhibit and study modern and contemporary art of OAS member states, as a culturally diplomatic instrument in promoting cultural exchange and advancing the OAS four pillars of democracy, human rights, security, and development.
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒐𝒇 𝑲𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝑩𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒎𝒚, 𝑭𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂 𝑪𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒕𝒐𝒏, 𝑳𝒂 𝑻𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒂 𝑵. 𝑵𝒆𝒗𝒂𝒅𝒂 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒔, 𝑸𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑫𝒖𝒏𝒄𝒂𝒏, 𝑲𝒉𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒋𝒂𝒉 𝑯𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚, 𝑱𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝑯𝒂𝒚𝒏𝒆𝒔, 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒏 𝑲 𝑮 𝑱𝒐𝒔𝒆𝒑𝒉, 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝑲𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒏, 𝑮𝒆𝒆𝒏𝒂 𝑴𝒄 𝑷𝒉𝒆𝒆, 𝒀𝒂𝒔𝒎𝒊𝒏 𝑺𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒉𝒆 𝑶𝒅𝒍𝒖𝒎, 𝑲𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒎𝒂 𝑺𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒖𝒙, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑮𝒆𝒎𝒎𝒂 𝑾𝒆𝒆𝒌𝒔.
They emphasized the importance of the topic “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: The Imperative for Strengthening Justice and Resilience in Afro-Descendant Communities in the Americas,” through their artistic contributions.
Similar to the current exhibition Afro-Caribbean Motifs of the Art Museum of the Americas Collection, this exhibition offers an artistic component to the OAS’s Plan of Action for the Decade of Afro-Descendants in the Americas (2016-2025), in recognizing the Victims of Slavery, and the struggle against racism.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has applauded the initiative in favor of tolerance and cultural diversity in Saint Lucia, and the OAS Resident Representative, Lilly Ching-Soto has expressed her interest in the promotion of Saint Lucian artistic expressions. AMA’s Director, Adriana Ospina highlighted that the Museum strives for greater awareness and respect for diversity and cultures in all their richness and that AMA is pleased to serve as a platform for this collection of artistic voices of Saint Lucia.