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Enduring Spirit Awards to Honor Midlands Women

The Columbia Museum of Art hosts the first-ever Enduring Spirit Awards, presented by the Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC) affiliate group of the CMA, on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:00 p.m. Inspired the exhibition Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter, on view through Sunday, June 11, the awards serve to honor women of the Midlands who work tirelessly to empower themselves, their families, and their communities.

“Tyrone Geter’s work in Enduring Spirit speaks to the strengths of women everywhere — inspired by his mother, his wife, and his daughters,” says Jerry Dell Gimarc, FAAAC founding board member. “We at the FAAAC want to recognize and celebrate women in the Midlands who embody these qualities in Tyrone’s work: perseverance, compassion, justice, commitment — women who are change-makers and sustainers in our community. That is the purpose and pleasure in inaugurating the Enduring Spirit Awards this year.”

Tyrone Geter is a Columbia resident and Benedict College professor of art. Heavily influenced by his mother, who grew up in the early 20th century amid racial discrimination, poverty, and illiteracy, his work explores the themes of identity, the presence and impact of Black heritage around the world, and the joy that can be found in the glorious curiosity of human experience.

One award will be given in each of the following categories: community champion, business/finance, the arts, and education. The awards recognize women who: value and respect themselves, as well as others; lead through empowerment, inspiration, and mentoring; stand as role models with authenticity and courage; bring the spirit of collaboration and celebration into the world; and break old barriers or new ground.

A reception of wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow the awards ceremony. Exhibition galleries will be open.

Tickets are $25 / $20 for FAAAC members. $30 at the door.

For tickets and more information, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

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