Reception for Affrilachian exhibit set for Thursday

A reception for the exhibit “Testify: Beyond Place,” which celebrates the presence of the African American community in Western North Carolina dating from the 18th century, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

Admission is free and open to the public.

“Testify” is an installation by Marie T. Cochran, former faculty member of the WCU School of Art and Design and founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project, which celebrates the diversity of Appalachia. The exhibit pays homage to the 120th anniversary of the Mount Zion AME Church in Cullowhee, which once stood on the grounds of what was to become Western Carolina University. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, May 10.

The reception will feature performances by the Ubuntu choir of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Truthwriters and the Three Arrows scheduled for 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Truthwriters is a WCU campus initiative that seeks to develop an appreciation for spoken word as an art form and to inspire intellectual activism and social consciousness. Ubuntu choirs are a network of singers from all over the globe that sing sacred and inspirational songs from around the world, mostly from the oral tradition. The Three Arrows is a musical group of three young siblings from Dahlonega, Ga., who play a variety of traditional styles and specialize in old time and folk music.

For more information, call the WCU Fine Art Museum at 828-227-3591 or go online to