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Presented by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Date:        January 18 & 19, 2013

Location:  Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street NW, 2nd Floor

Draw-a-thon: An open call to artists

Friday, January 18, 6-10 PM

Saturday, January 19, 11-7 PM

To mark it’s opening, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center will hold a 12-hour Draw-a-thon on January 18, from 6-10 p.m., and January 19, from11-7 p.m. Twenty-four African American models will pose for artists and an audience for 30 minute intervals. Easels, charcoal and paper will be provided or the artist may bring the materials needed for his/her own medium. Artists are asked to sign up for one hour intervals so that the Draw-a-thon is a continuous event.

The event underscores two elements of looking, the passing glance and the elongated gaze.  Because it occurs in the midst of the Jefferson School City Center's open house and will be streamed live on the center's ustream channel Heritage Center at the Edge, it emphasizes notions of spectacle and voyeurism, distanced regards that nonetheless suggest some level of interest in the subject. It further calls attention to the complex and layered nature of Black identity in the most immediate way--by recording through art the many types of faces that comprise the black community. Participants are asked to consider their notions of Blackness from an insider and outsider point of view. 

If interested in modeling contact Anthony Amos at To reserve your easel contact Elizabeth Breeden at

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s mission is to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African-American community of Charlottesville-Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora locally, nationally, and globally.