Meet the Artist: Charles Washington of Harambee Gallery
Connect with Houston Artist, Master Framer, and owner of the Harambee Art Gallery, Charles Washington. In Celebration of Juneteenth, All Real Radio Personality and poet, Deniz Lopez, will exchange commentary on the evolution of African American culture in the arts, as well as addressing the need for sustainability through upcycling.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.
Parking is free on Saturdays at the Central Library.
- Saturday, June 11, 2022
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Time Zone:
- Central Time - US & Canada (change)
- 1st Floor Programming
- Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building
Charles Washington was born in the Carolinas and is a descendant of the Gullah people. He attended Delaware State College, where he studied Art Education and Fine Arts. After a period of time living in New York pursuing his goal as a professional artist, he set his eyes on Houston, TX in the late 80s and has lived and worked here for over 30 years. Keenly aware of the artist's potential for highlighting important social issues, Mr. Washington co-founded Harambee Art Gallery in 2011 and serves as its Executive Director. Through the gallery, he has established several artistic mentor programs, projects, and exhibitions that serve as platforms to initiate the dialog and mindset necessary for positive advancement in our society. His goal is to create a platform for artists to discover their full potential, creativity, and the joy of environment-conscious artistic practices. Mr, Washington currently resides in 3rd Ward- Houston, has two successful young children and several grandchildren, and can be found at his studio inside of SHAPE Community Center, at one of his Pop Up locations, or ‘breaking ankles’ on the basketball court at Peggy Park.
Deniz 'dee!colonize' Lopez is Xicana artist & activist, born and raised in Denver Harbor- Houston, who has held position or collaborated with such organizations as MECHA, The Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, The Word Around Town Poetry Tour, Creative Women Unite, and Voices Breaking Boundaries to bring a message of revolution, self-sustainability, & community consciousness to the forefront. The themes of her artistry include the abolition of the death penalty, an end to police brutality, empowerment of women, immigration rights, black/brown unity, Indigenous culture & history, and self mastery. Deniz has begun to use her extensive knowledge of community organization, administration, communication, and mentoring to become a creative consultant to many organizations and artists to help them refine their arts. At present, she is a founding member & owner of All Real Radio LLC, where the mission is to make the world better by creating a portal to great music and relevant social commentary, and by facilitating a space for community events & awareness.