The project by artist Sedrick Huckaby celebrates collaboration


FORT WORTH, Texas – Internationally acclaimed artists hope a 100-year-old home in Fort Worth’s predominantly Black and Latinx Polytechnic neighborhood can strengthen a community. Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby announced the opening of Kinfolk House – a collaborative, community-based art space that once housed Sedrick’s grandmother.

What you need to know

  • The artists Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby created the Kinfolk House, a collaborative art space in the Polytechnic district of Fort Worth
  • The room is the former home of Sedrick’s grandmother
  • The Huckabies want Kinfolk to become a hub of creativity in a traditionally underserved area
  • The gallery’s first exhibition will be in February and show a collaboration between Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby

Sedrick Huckaby, a UTA professor and, in particular, art teacher for former President George W. Bush, said he and his wife hope to create a space where ideas are free and the idea of ​​art isn’t limited to just the traditional gatekeeper fine arts, such as painters, sculptors, and plumbers.

“The space will be a collaborative art space where creatives come together and work together – and ‘creatives’ include, but are not limited to, visual artists,” he said in a telephone interview. “So it is possible for a painter, a poet and a fashion designer to come together and create some kind of collective exhibition, show or project.

“For example, I see that there are all kinds of artists, and some people don’t even call themselves artists, but they have an artistic mind,” he continued. “I think a space where creatives can come together and play together will, in my opinion, be of great benefit to our region.”

Huckaby said that by creating the space he hoped to pay homage to his grandmother’s legacy of creativity and community.

“She was a pretty creative person from my point of view,” he said. “She wasn’t an artist or anything like that, she was just creative in her thinking and in her life. And when I got the place about 12 years ago, I was thinking about how to honor that creative spirit as an artist. Over the years I’ve met so many different types of creative people. And that’s where thinking generally comes from. “

1913 Wallace Street, by Cedrick Huckaby.

Huckaby discovered his love for art at a young age. He has been involved in several non-profit citizen initiatives, such as the Imagination Celebration. Through this program he met his teacher and longtime mentor Ron Tomlinson, who was a professor at Texas Wesleyan University.

Huckaby followed Tomlinson to Wesleyan, and the young artist was eventually accepted for postgraduate studies at the prestigious Yale School of Art.

One goal of Kinfolk House, Huckaby said, is to make the art world accessible to those who are not privy to its infamous inner clique circles. While programs like Imagine Celebration still exist, people who live in areas like Poly are often unaware of it.

“I think it’s important that these types of creative spaces take place in communities outside of the arts district,” he said. “It’s just important for people to see creativity sprout in their own communities and in other areas that are outside of the realms we are looking at [the art world]. We shouldn’t draw a line around these spaces and call them “the art space”. Art comes from everywhere. “

The Huckabies have appointed Jessica Fuentes as director of Kinfolk House. She has a diverse background as an artist, art administrator and educator. In addition, she brings values ​​and insights that they hope will be reflected in Kinfolk House. Fuentes was the school and community minister for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and was a member of the F6 gallery collective and 500x gallery. She has worked at the Dallas Museum of Art and is on the board of directors of Making Art with Sense (MAP), Artes de la Rosa and the Education Planning Committee for the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, DC, among others.

“It is rare that you have the opportunity to build a space from scratch that truly fits your personal visions and goals,” she said. “During my time in museum education, I’ve worked to create accessible and relevant exhibits, self-directed learning experiences, and programs. Kinfolk House will be a place that supports artists, celebrates community, gets informed and invested in the local neighborhood, and stimulates creativity, dialogue and reflection. “

Kinfolk House will have its grand opening in February with a mixed media project a collaboration between founders Sedrick and Letitia focused on the concepts of family, community and inheritance.

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