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“Painted Bod­ies + Pholourie” art show

April 28, 7-11 p.m. Cal­abash Al­ley Caribbean Restau­rant 2122 Candler Road De­catur, GA 30032 www.face­ events/1399061566824325 that was it: from then on, ev­ery day af­ter work, I would go to the gym and rush home af­ter the gym to cre­ate.”

When Mil­lar’s boss at the health cen­ter asked him how they could get their young clien­tele en­gaged with the non­profit be­yond just pick­ing up con­doms, Mil­lar stud­ied the CDC guide­lines for preven­tion in­ter­ven­tions and cre­ated an art ther­apy pro­gram. The ini­tia­tive was pop­u­lar enough for the young artists to pro­duce two shows, where their friends and fam­ily mem­bers were able to learn more of their per­spec­tive as young black gay men.

“Some of the stuff that came out of those teenagers – they were so bril­liant,” Mil­lar said with awe.

Mil­lar soon re­turned to his city of birth, where he even­tu­ally re­ceived a schol­ar­ship to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram at the Art Stu­dents League of New York, got a tem­po­rary job at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art and im­mersed him­self in the art world.

“We ba­si­cally talked about art all day, and I met a lot of peo­ple and got re­ally in­spired,” he said. “I started to go back to col­lage and get more into Ro­mare Bear­den, and that opened up doors to see other peo­ple I en­joyed and could be in­spired by.”

Trav­el­ing through vaunted art gal­leries like the Guggen­heim Mu­seum, even while wear­ing a name tag from The Met, Mil­lar of­ten sensed that he was not sup­posed to be there, due both to his phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, and the ab­sence of art that re­flected his cul­ture and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We need to be more present in th­ese spa­ces, phys­i­cally, as peo­ple of color, and we also need to be on the walls more, not just in their col­lec­tion where they pretty much col­lect things from around the world from all cul­tures,” Mil­lar said. “That’s like the strong­est rep­re­sen­ta­tion you’ll see [of non-Euro­pean art], but why not have more paint­ings of brown peo­ple on the wall to be seen?”

April 28, 2017

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