The Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild will start displaying art work next month at the Evanston Civic Center.

The donated art work from the guild representing the black experience will be on display in meeting room 2200 on the second floor on a rotating basis. The gallery will be accessible during regular city business hours.

The gallery opening marks the start of a new initiative by the city expand the use the Civic Center as a place for art exhibits.

The public is invited to an opening reception for the new exhibition on Saturday, March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The Fleetwood -Jourdain Art Guild is the first Evanston minority, non-profit arts corporation of its kind. It has been instrumental in the conservation, preservation and documentation of Evanston black history through the creation of a museum and gallery on the second floor of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, at 1655 Foster St.

The exhibit runs through April 27 and features works by artists including Richard Halstead, Raymond Chen, Jan Spivey Gilchrest and Jay S. Sperman.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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