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New Exhibit on Gathering Places in Black Communities Spotlights Broward’s Historic Sistrunk Neighborhood

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla.Dec. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Featuring works by Black artists and designers, the new exhibition The Porch is the Tree is the Watering Hole is a dynamic exploration of space and community within the African Diaspora. Through the lenses of art, architecture, photography and poetry, the exhibition examines concepts of community and life in Sistrunk, a historically Black neighborhood in Broward County, FL. The exhibition is on view at the African American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, through May 2021.

As Black communities become increasingly marginalized, it is important to be reminded of traditions that have brought people together for centuries. Whether it be a backyard cookout, Sunday church service or a casual gathering under a tree, connection has always been at the center of the Black community.

Artists/designers Germane Barnes, Darius V. DaughtryDavid I. MuirAdler GuerrierOlalekan JeyifousAdrienne ChadwickMarlene Brunot and George Gadson were invited to explore the Sistrunk neighborhood to better understand the relationship its residents have with the built environment. Through art and design conceived or reimagined for this show, they present a tapestry of work reflecting past and present realities.

The exhibition is free and open to the public by reservation on Thursday and Saturdays from 11AM-2PM. Reserve admission here or call 954-357-7457.

For more information about the exhibition, visit or click here to access the Media Kit.

The Broward Cultural Division advances arts and culture by investing in the creative sector and providing capacity building opportunities for artists, organizations and creative talent. The Cultural Division includes the county’s Public Art & Design program, as well as grant programs, and engages the community in education and advocacy initiatives that support arts education at the local, state and federal levels. For more information, visit

The Broward County Libraries Division, named 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million customers annual visitors. It provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE Broward County Libraries

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