A new art exhibition, “Justice for Peace,” will help Evanston celebrate Black History Month in February.

Curated by Evanston artist Fran Joy, the exhibition will be on display in the second floor gallery of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., from Jan. 31 through the end of February.

The event features local artists Jevoid Simmons, David Anthony Gerary, Dino Robinson, Angela Williams, and a number of students from Evanston Township High School.

An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Jan. 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The reception will feature live performances by spoken word artists Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and Lauren Davis, vocalist Matthew Hunter, and musician Donovan Mixon. Ensemble members from Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s Pop Up Theatre also will perform.

Speakers include Rev. Ric Hudgens; Ra Joy, Executive Director of Change Illinois; Jennifer Veits of Rogers Park Community Peace Circle; and Cicely Fleming of OPAL (Organization for Positive Action and Leadership).

“Justice for Peace” will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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