March 5, 10:00 am
Building for Social Justice: Reversing a Family Plantation Legacy
Nell Gottlieb: Artist & President of Klein Arts & Culture
February 19 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM via zoom.
Nell Gottlieb began to reckon with her Southern heritage after her 50th high school reunion in Birmingham Al. In the Glassell Art School Block Program, she used her artmaking to reflect on growing up in the racist Jim Crow south in a family that came from cotton plantation slave-owners. In 2018, she unexpectedly inherited the long vacant plantation house in Alabama. This led her to found Klein Arts & Culture, a non-profit organization designed to advance social justice through arts, education, and culture, bringing life to the house. Before COVID-19, visual arts, dance, and homecomings of Black and White families at the house sparked conversations about the local and national legacy of racial injustice. Join Gottlieb along her journey from visual to ‘social practice’ art as she has come together with community partners, family, and friends to create a transformational space for change.