How Did Aaron Douglass Impact The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance took place in Harlem, New York City. It was the African-American Cultural Revolution. It was known as the "New Negro Movement" at the time. It was named after the 1925 anthology by Alain Locke. Not too long after World War I it started. The Harlem Renaissance didn’t become a big thing until the mid to late 1920s, and officially ended in the mid-1930s. It involved several things like; music, art, theater, and dance. The Harlem Renaissance fostered black pride and spreading of the African Americans through the use of intelligence. One artist that was in the Harlem Renaissance was Aaron Douglas. He was a painter and an illustrator. Douglas went to Harlem after hearing about the many other black artists. The Works Progress Administration appointed Douglas to paint the “Aspects of Negro Life”, in 1934. He created images of the struggles and life of African-Americans. He married a teacher, Alta Sawyer in 1926. Some of the paintings he created were the best-known paintings in the 1930s. At a library in Fisk University, Douglas was offered to create a mural in 1930. He had his first solo art show in 1933 which was held in New York. President John F. Kennedy invited him to come to a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963, held at the White House. He was born in 1899 and…show more content…
She was a sculptor. Selma Burke was not only a sculptor but she was an advocate, tireless educator, and role model to other black artists. In 1924, she moved to New York City and worked as a nurse. Grants from the Rosenwald Foundation in 1935 and from the Boehler Foundation in 1936 gave her the opportunity to study under the famous sculptor, Michael. Later she taught at the Harlem Community Art Center. She founded two art schools, one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and another in New York City. President Jimmy Carter recognized Selma at the White House for her arts, in 1979. She was born in 1900 and died in
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