Arts

RAISE YOUR VOICE: Hickory Museum of Art

Mural on Exhibition October 1 – October 25, 2020 at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, N.C. During the H-Term (Jan. 4 -Feb. 12) Hill School students and the Hickory Museum of Art will work in collaboration to create protest art.


On March 13, 2020, Hickory Museum of Art closed to the public in response to the pandemic. In July, the Museum opened its space by appointment to provide a stage for creative and artistic expression as an outlet for the anguish, distress, and pain that define our world today, as well as the spirit of hope and possibility that will help build a new tomorrow.

The Museum invited its community to contribute to a 10 x 65 ft. collaborative canvas stretching the length of their second floor Coe Gallery. The project was open to all people, regardless of age, background, or ability. Participants submitted a proposal and then booked a socially-distanced time to work in the gallery.

Raise Your Voice was a safe place for dialogue, giving voice to diverse perspectives, and healing. The responsibility to foster empathy while activating the power of art toward positive change is embedded in the Museum’s mission and core values. Hickory Museum of Art believes black lives matter and stand in solidarity with all who appeal for an end to brutality, systemic racism, marginalization, and intolerance. The Museum’s team is committed to amplifying the voices of all who promote social justice and reform.

Hickory Museum of Art re-opened on October 1, 2020, debuting the RAISE YOUR VOICE mural to the public. The Hickory Museum of Art and Hill School students will work in collaboration to create Protest Art during the H-term (Jan. 4- Feb. 12).

Mural Participants: Amarrian Brown; Sarah Johnson; Dr. Summer Carrol; Katie Wohlman and family; Jenna Hazlett and Sabine; Lois Losyk; Diane Podolsky; John David Brown III; kids from HMA’s summer art camps; and fall 2020 Hickory High Visual Art Students [instructors Melissa Jaroszewski and Teresa Bentley).

Listen to Dr. Summer Carrol reflect on this experience