Black History Month Spotlight: “Obsidian & Neon – Celebrating Black Life & Identity in Las Vegas”
By Melissa Del Rosario
So, Black History Month is almost over. But there is still time to stop by the Nevada State Museum inside the Springs Preserve! Come see their latest exhibit “Obsidian & Neon: Celebrating Black Life & Identity in Las Vegas”! Nevada State Museum is located at: 309 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107. The hours of operation are 9 am – 5pm everyday except for Mondays when they are closed. Also, the exhibit will be on display in Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport. This is a new endeavor for McCarran and their first art exhibit in the terminal ever!
On Saturday February 1, 2020, this photo-narrative exhibition of large-scale black and white photography was officially unveiled. Created by award-winning photojournalist Jeff Scheid and accompanied by narrative profiles curated by writer Erica Vital-Lazare. Six prominent figures in town were featured: Melvin Green, Hannah Brown, Lance Smith, Jayla Scott, Carolyn Booker (mother of U.S. Senator Cory Booker) and Tony Gladney.
Melvin Green stated he was “Proud, Humble and Honored to be featured in the 2020 Obsidian and Neon Exhibit at the Nevada State Museum. Great work ethics, determination, faith and perseverance will win every time over self-doubt and laziness.”
The last event for Black History Month is coming up! On Saturday 29, 2020 2-4 PM: entitled Obsidian & Neon: Black Economic Presence; “In honor of Black History Month, 3rd in 5 discussions, on ‘Black Economic Presence & Mobility in Sin City.’ “