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My Community: Through the Eyes of the 21st-Century African American Child

Sponsored by the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The Massillon Museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery is hosting the exhibition, My Community: Through the Eyes of the 21st-Century African American Child, from February 7 through March 21, 2021. The images in the exhibit offer a glimpse into the students’ community and surroundings while sheltering in place due to COVID-19. 

Join us for a virtual reception on Saturday, February 20 starting at 2:00pm on our Facebook page!

Lelia Jones (5th Grade), Little Boy, Digital photograph, 2020  Jade Hilton Tipton (6th Grade), Reflections, Digital photograph, 2020


A component of the Arts Facet the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the exhibition features photography by middle school student photographers. Through collaboration with the Massillon Museum and the Cleveland Print Room and a generous grant from the Massillon Community Charitable Fund at the Stark Community Foundation, underprivileged students received the opportunity to explore the world of photography. Twenty students received digital instruction from Cleveland Print Room instructors using Zoom.

The photography project was initiated in 2017. A social justice component was added this year to expose students to prominent African American photographers and career opportunities in photojournalism and photography.

The exhibit will be open concurrently with the annual Western Stark County K–12 student art exhibition, Celebration in Art. A new exhibition, Massillon’s Pro and Semi-Pro Teams, 1890–1926, will open on February 6 in the Paul Brown Museum. 

The Links, Incorporated, established in 1946, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations.  The Kent Area (OH) Chapter members are committed to enriching their communities through five areas of focus: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends, International Trends, and Health and Human Services. The Kent Area (OH) Chapter, founded in 1976, serves Portage, Stark, Summit, and Medina counties.

Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery exhibits reflect community collaborations such as The Links, the Boys and Girls Club of Massillon, Relay for Life, and Walsh University.

Exhibitions can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The building is accessible and everyone is welcome. The Museum strictly follows state mandates and guidelines to assure the health and safety of visitors and staff.  Masks and social distancing are required.

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  For more information, call 330-833-4061. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. 

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