To kick off Black History Month, event group Nominal Artists hosted the Obsidian Art Show, which showcased the work of up-and-coming Black artists and musicians on First Friday. The gallery took place at Trolley Shop, a pop-up exhibit on Girard Avenue near 28th Street that is curated by the Fairmount Community Development Corporation.
Jazz and rap music filled the venue as attendees networked with like-minded creatives while supporting artwork and live music performances by local Black artists.
Maya Simone, a musician and senior Africology and African American studies major, said the show was “a safe place to express [artists] feelings and emotions.”
“It is very important for Black creatives to explore and have a safe place to network,” said Amira Barnes, a sophomore visual studies major.