Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville | BADC Jembe: The Beat of BADC

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 26, 2024

Wed, July 3 2024 — Wed, July 24 2024

Presence of Mind, David and Lyric Harris (Wa Papo)
Presence of Mind, David and Lyric Harris (Wa Papo)
Opening Reception: 5pm–8pm, Friday, July 12


Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville Presents Jembe: The Beat of BADC  with 22 Members of Black Artists of DC

Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville is thrilled to once again host BADC for the month of July. This member exhibit runs from July 3rd through July 24th at Artists & Makers Studios, with an opening reception on Friday, July 12th, 5 – 8pm. The exhibition is named after the jembe – also spelled djembe – a traditional drum with deep cultural significance within various African societies. While its specificities vary, some general meanings include unity, spirituality, communication, celebration, strength, cultural identity, and healing. Most importantly in this context, it is a drum designed for call and response. Given these qualities, Jembe is most fitting for a celebratory exhibition featuring work that highlights the diverse perspectives within the organization, and is curated by Gia Harewood. Member artists explore a range of themes through various media as a testament to the richness of the African diaspora and the depth of talent amongst BADC members. Overall, Jembe: The Beat of BADC commemorates the organization’s inspiring legacy after 25 years and amplifies its enduring influence and relevance in today’s world. Enjoy additional exhibits “Cellular” with Resident Artists – on view in the Gallery Hall, along with nineteen Gallery 209 Member Artists exhibiting their latest work. Shop and support local working artists, makers, and professionals.

July Exhbitions
Jembe: The Beat of BADC with 22 Member Artists
Cellular with Resident Artists
The Artists of Gallery 209

Artists & Makers Studios
11810 Parklawn Drive, Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Meet the Artists – Saturday, July 20th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Viewing hours are 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sundays by chance or appointment.