Honey Art Studio Hosts Fillmore Forever Exhibit During Freedom Celebration June 19 in San Francisco

Photo exhibit commemorates black life in the Fillmore district in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s

Fillmore Forever shines a light on the difficulties of growing up in a discriminatory and anti-black world.

— Ericka Scott, Founder and Creative Director of Honey Art Studio & Gallery

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA, June 16, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Known for hands-on creative experiments and advocacy for social justice, Honey Art Studio & Gallery is pleased to present Fillmore Forever, an art exhibition highlighting black life at Fillmore in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. The event will feature a special performance by legendary R&B singer Karyn White.

Fillmore Forever begins Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Honey Art Studio located at 1833 Fillmore Street. The event falls on a significant weekend in history honoring Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans. Thousands will attend San Francisco’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration along eight blocks of the Fillmore neighborhood, and Honey Studio invites customers to continue the celebration at its evening event, Fillmore Forever.

Fillmore Forever is a photo collage exhibit that embodies black life from the 1980s to the early 2000s and depicts the experiences of the studio’s founder growing up in what was once a predominantly African-American community in the district of San Francisco Fillmore.

“Fillmore Forever shines a light on the struggles of growing up in a discriminatory and anti-Black world,” said Ericka Scott, Founder and Creative Director of Honey Art Studio & Gallery. “What was once a safe space for the black community was wrongfully ripped out when gentrification took over the Fillmore Corridor and black communities were forced to leave under false pretenses. The Fillmore Forever exhibition is my voice crying out: “We were there! We are here!'”

The city’s “redevelopment” of the Fillmore district forced black business owners and residents out of their establishments and homes with the promise of urban renewal. That promise was broken, and many families never returned to the community that was once rich in African-American history and known as an iconic destination for its jazz scene and black-owned clubs and businesses.

“Growing up, my family attended church services throughout the community, celebrated on the streets of the Virgos Corner Store, ate at Mr. Powell, went to Miss B’s hair salon, took the 22 Fillmore bus and encouraged the Midnight Basketball League in Ella. Hill Hutch,” added Ericka Scott. “This community is and has been my life, and it will not be forgotten.”

Honey Studio’s mission is to spark meaningful conversations and bridge gaps related to race, class structures, poverty, equality and love. Learn more at honeyartstudio.org.

About Honey Art Studio & Gallery

Honey Art Studio & Gallery was founded by Ericka Scott to provide a space for adults to collaborate and foster relationships within the creative community. The company’s mission is to provide a safe space for difficult conversations about systemic racism, mass incarceration of people of color, and gentrification. The studio hosts art workshops such as painting, sewing, DIY candle making, and more to encourage conversations about social change and healing through creative expression. For more information, visit honeyartstudio.org and follow @honeyartist.

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