Event Recap: Modality – Rituals as Bridges to Healing

Event Recap

Artist Reception – Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing 

Thursday, September 26, 2019, marked the closing reception of “Modality: Rituals as Bridges to Healing,” an art exhibit featuring the works of East Bay artists Derrick Bell and Pablo Soto Campoamor. During the reception, over 50 guests were treated to Afro-Cuban Jazz from the band T3io and delicious, Caribbean fare catered by Suya African & Caribbean Grill and Caña Cuban Parlor & Café held at the East Bay Community Foundation.

The exhibit was a chance for art enthusiasts to come together and celebrate both Bell and Campoamor’s depiction of race and culture through their respective acrylic paint mediums.

Moderated by Curator Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee, the artists participated in a lively panel discussion examining the ways in which rituals inform our experiences, as well as how we operate in various modes to protect our bodies, overcome hardships, and build bridges to healing. Both Bell and Campoamor dived into important ideologies around what it means to be an artist of color in this day and age, the need for the continued arts program funding, and the modalities in which art is expressed.

The arts have long had a unique ability to inspire and unify communities. At the East Bay Community Foundation, we are a strong advocate of the power of culture and art to increase civic engagement for social change and build stronger communities and neighborhoods. We extend our gratitude to the artists’ for lending their time and talent to this important event.

For more information or to learn more about EBCF’s efforts to support local artists in the community, please visit ebcf.org.

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