The Agora Culture featured in Howard University’s International Review of African American Art

The Agora Culture was featured in Howard University's International Review of African American Art. The only periodical dedicated to fine art from the African diaspora.

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Teaching the Nuts and Bolts of Collecting and Art Appreciation

John Welch

Today’s vibrant art market, due in no small measure to the flourishing of contemporary art, is prompting long established art museums, celebrated collectors, gallerists and auctioneers to embrace the significance of this art category with renewed zeal. The promise of legions of new art collectors, donors, and art enthusiasts resulting from varied approaches to contemporary expression, especially diasporic art representing a global cultural transmission and interplay, is seen as a vital component of the future for art making, collecting and arts support.

Innovative, and often grass roots initiatives, are emerging on the ground in communities and on the web; while art museum building expansions and new curatorial or programmatic efforts proliferate in response to our current fever for art of today. Though seemingly humble by comparison to the effort and resources of mainstream cultural organs, smaller initiatives share with cultural giants the overarching ambition of educating public taste, collecting practice and interpretation with an eye to cultivating the esteemed collectors and donors of tomorrow.

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