February 6 – 28, 2016, Three works by Maceo Leatherwood will be included in the “Beyond the Blues” exhibit sponsored by Columbia Art Center Galleries and Columbia Festival of the Arts. The exhibition showcases works inspired by or reflecting African American music and culture.
Join us on Friday, February 12 from 6 to 8 pm for a free meet-the-artist reception. The Columbia Art Center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045.
RETROSPECTIVE: Reflections on Family, Life & Culture
On March 18, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, the Bain Center’s Enjoying the Arts program will host “Maceo Leatherwood: Reflections on Family, Life & Culture” a retrospective on his work produced by his daughter, poet, Vanita Leatherwood.
The Bain Center is located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044.
Poetic Legacy: Vanita Leatherwood
Artist Maceo Leatherwood's Daughter, Vanita Leatherwood
Poet/artist and community educator Vanita Leatherwood facilitates arts-based workshops that promote spiritual, philosophical and social change across boundaries of age, class, culture, gender, race and sexual orientation.
Leatherwood’s work can be found in her book of her poetry, Scratching the Itch and Other Natural Tendencies, as well as magazines and anthologies including Rain and Thunder, Pegasus, Motherwit, The Sheet, A Starlight Night, and Trivia: Voices of Feminism. Ms. Leatherwood was the receipt of the 2010 Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Awardee in Poetry.
She currently serves as the Director of Community Engagement at HopeWorks of Howard County, is the owner of Livingwell Transformative Arts Workshops and founder of ARTiculation: a women’s creative collective. Ms. Leatherwood is the editor of Dragonfly arts magazine.
As a writer, survivor, and person eager to live within the verve of life, she knows that where there is a capacity to feel there is opportunity for hope, connection and change.
SELECTED ARTS SHOWINGS AND ARTS-BASED WORKSHOPS
FORCE: The Monument Quilt, Women of Color Tent (Baltimore)
UUCC Women’s Retreat, Edgewater MD
NAMI Howard County
HopeWorks of Howard County
Poets and Painter’s Exhibit, Artist’s Gallery of Columbia 2013 (Winner: Best Match)
Poets and Painter’s Exhibit, Artist’s Gallery of Columbia 2011
Power of Words Conference, Plainfield VT
2009 Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Awardee
The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County
Stepping Stones Shelter, Montgomery County
Unity Fellowship Church of Columbia
Compared To What? … Arts Workshops, Washington, DC
“The Sheet” Compared To What? Arts Publication & Events. Washington, DC
African-American Heritage, New York, NY
Walter Daniel’s Library, Washington, DC
King Jester Dinner Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
Leatherwood's Work Part of the Permanent Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
In June 2010, Maceo Leatherwood's work entitled "Mo' Pak" was accepted into the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's permanent collection.
Mo' Pak, is also featured as one of 75 illustrations in the recently published IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas edited by Gabrielle Tayac, features 27 essays from authors sharing first person accounts of struggle, adaptation and survival concerning a dual heritage that is often ignored. The book explores diverse subjects such as Taino-African intersections, the Cherokee Freedmen issue and the evolution of jazz and blues. The book is available in Smithsonian museum stores, through the bookshop section of the museum’s web site and on amazon.com. SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM EXHIBIT A corresponding exhibition, “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” is currently touring the US. A press release from museum representatives states “the exhibit sheds light on the dynamics of race, community, culture, and creativity, and addresses the human desires of being and belonging.” INDIANAPOLIS EXHIBIT From February 12, 2011 through August 7, 2011, Mo'Pak was on loan to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana for their "REDBLACK: Related through History" Exhibit.