Harlem, New York became the capitol of cultural activity for African-Americans. This period in American history was extremely uplifting to African-Americans as a people. Personalities and individuals connected their expressions in writings, music, and visual artworks as they related to the political, social, and economic conditions of being black in America.
Romare Bearden Collages - Grade 5. Students learned about the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900's and viewed the work of three of it's most important artists. Taking a cue from Romare Bearden's love of music, which is a recurring theme in his art, they created these collages with cut papers and oil pastels.
This compelling sculpture, titled 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' was designed by Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage for the 1939 World's Fair. It stood 16 feet tall. A temporary installation, it was unfortunately destroyed after the close of the fair.
Born 2/29/1892, sculptor Augusta Savage fought poverty, racism and sexism to become a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Her extraordinary talent opened many doors that led to her becoming one of the most influential black teachers of her time and a strong voice for civil rights for blacks.