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File #: 0121X-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/9/2021 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/15/2021
Title: To honor, recognize and celebrate Johnathan Payne and congratulate Mr. Payne on being selected as the first Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson resident artist in the City of Columbus.
Sponsors: Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Shannon G. Hardin, Emmanuel V. Remy, Priscilla Tyson

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To honor, recognize and celebrate Johnathan Payne and congratulate Mr. Payne on being selected as the first Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson resident artist in the City of Columbus.


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WHEREAS, Memphis, Tennessee-based artist Johnathan Payne has been selected for the first Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency, one of two new programs created by the Columbus Museum of Art and the Greater Columbus Arts Council to support African American professional visual artists and to honor the legacy of the beloved Columbus artist - Mr. Payne was selected out of 50 applicants from 24 states; and
WHEREAS, The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency has a national focus; it provides an African American professional visual artist residing in the United States an opportunity to live and work in Ms. Robinson’s restored home; artists are also afforded a chance to devote time creating art within Ms. Robinson’s home studio; and
WHEREAS, the 90-day residency includes a $15,000 award; lodging and studio access is provided free as part of the residency - this residency is the first and only program that is part of the Alliance of Artists Communities network and set in the former home of a female African American artist - the Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residencies - a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists in the development of new creative work; and
WHEREAS, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was known for art inspired by the African concept of Sankofa, understanding the past in order to go forward, she created sculpture, large complex work she called RagGonNons, rag paintings, paintings on cloth, drawings and books about her family and community - her goal was to create art that fills the gaps of African and African American history and encourages others to research and document the history of their families and communities for the next generation - she lived and worked in Columbus, Ohio, until her death...

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