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"A strong network of abolitionists,  black and white, gave New Bedford its claim to fame that no slave was ever forcibly 'reclaimed' from it."                Pamela Karimi
Black Spaces Matter. Axonometric view of abolition row, courtesy of Pedram Karimi and Pamela Karimi, after the New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford MA.  A strong network of abolitionists, both black and white, gave New Bedford its claim to fame that no slave was ever forcibly “reclaimed” from it.

Happy Year of the Lunar Water Tiger, who looks into the pool to see her reflection!

Black history month reminds us to reflect on our history, on the impact of systemic racism in the US.  February is also the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that led to the mass incarceration of 120,000 mostly Japanese Americans.  If we want to heal our climate crisis, we need to consider the relationship between exploitation of eco systems and exploitation of people.

WEAD’s mission calls for a focus on social justice as well as environmental justice. We urge creatives to propose fresh worldviews, model new “just” environmental and racial paradigms,  engage community and strengthen healthy communication networks.

On Feb. 27,  we invite you to  explore these topics with  architect, educator, artist Pamela Karimi. In Art + Education  No. 4, Karimi will present a collaborative project:  Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood.


Pamela Karimi     Photo Credit Paneta Karimi
Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood

Sunday February 27, 2022  
5-6:30 pm PT


This presentation is about a traveling exhibition, Black Spaces Matter, which has turned the decades-long efforts of the New Bedford Historical Society into an educational platform for art students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Through highlighting the architectural legacy and material culture of a single interracial and progressive 19th century neighborhood (otherwise known as the Abolition Row), the exhibition highlights the history of the abolitionist movement in the city of New Bedford in the South Coast of Massachusetts. This neighborhood was home to prominent Quakers and such iconic African American figures as Frederick Douglass, who moved to New Bedford in the 1840s to join the city's booming whaling industry.

Pamela Karimi is an architect, architectural historian, author and  Dartmouth professor. She holds a PhD from the Aga Khan Program at MIT. Her primary field of specialization is art, architecture, and visual culture of the modern Middle East. Her second area of research is design and sustainability in North America.  Karimi’s forthcoming book, Alternative Iran: Contemporary Art & Critical Spatial Practice will be published by Stanford University Press in 2022. Her major curatorial projects include Urban Renewal and Creative Economy in Massachusetts Gateway Cities, Stateless: Artists Respond to the Refugee Crisis, Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood, and Contemporary Iranian Art & the Historical Imagination. 

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WEAD’S ART + EDUCATION  WEB SERIES is grounded in the belief that art can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and prompting social change. In this series we explore ways that artists educators  actively use art as a tool to build community and awareness. 
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