"Lift Every Voice and Sing" sculpture was designed as a temporary installation in the 1939 World's Fair, by Harlem Renaissance artist and sculptress Augusta Savage. This piece stood 16 feet tall. Sadly, like many fair displays it was destroyed at the close of the event. Thankfully we have this photo, that the whole world can enjoy it now and forever.
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.
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.
"Born in 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."
Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), influential artist of the Harlem Renaissance
Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012)