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“Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs”
Date Thursday April 18
Time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorAfrican American Art & Culture Complex
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AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & CULTURE COMPLEX 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102

African American Art & Culture Complex to Host “Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs” Cannabis Exhibition

The African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco will serve as the site of “Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs." A cutting-edge exhibit that investigates the major implications of the War on Drugs campaign opening this Thursday, April 18.

Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs opens with a free reception on Thursday, April 18th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and includes “The Women of Color in Cannabis Talk” from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.


Amber E. Senter of Supernova Women; Brittni Chicuata from the Human Rights Commission; Miz Chris & Chaney Turner of the People’s Dispensary (TPD National); Lanese Martin of Hood Incubator; and Nina Parks of SF Equity Sessions.

Local artists from around the Bay Area will share their own personal experiences with the War on Drugs campaign in this interdisciplinary exhibition by exploring the dynamics surrounding cannabis and hemp production, its evolution in the political sphere, and facts about the healing properties of marijuana. In an interactive installation, visitors will be invited to share their own experiences with cannabis.

Artists for the exhibit include:

Aime Paule, Bushmama, Danielle Matthews, Darryl Thompson, Destiny Webster, Dulama LeGrande, Emory Douglas, Joe Budd, Karen Seneferu, Kaya Fortune, Keena Romano, Kufue, Lucretia Coleman Clark, Malik Seneferu, Melanin Buford, Nancy Cato, Nashomeh Lindo, Natty Rebel, Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith, Safety First, Shannon Kibby, Smokie Arce, Taiwo & Kehinde, Timothy Bluitt, Voudux, and Worthy Foe. Co-curated by Melonie Green, Melorra Green and Worldly Sistah - Tracy Brown.

Part of the exhibit will feature the 420 Portraits Project, which tells the stories of regular people who have been impacted by the War on Drugs.

The exhibit will run through Saturday August 31, 2019 in the Hall of Culture Murals Room & Activism Alley. This space is located on the third floor of the complex at 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Key Dates:

April 18, 2019: Opening Reception (6-9pm) and “The Women of Color in Cannabis Talk” (7-8pm)

May 23, 2019: Artist Talk (6-9pm)

June 15, 2019: Cannabis Health Summit

July 18, 2019: Impastafarians "Panel" (6-9pm)

August 1-4, 2019: WEED the People Cannabis Conference

Added to the calendar on Wednesday Apr 17th, 2019 10:24 AM

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