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Latest News in Black Art: Abrupt Departure of Newfields CEO Sparks Protest, New Fisk President, ‘Black Modernisms in the Transatlantic World’ Wins Porter/Driskell Book Award & More

  Latest News in Black Art features updates and developments in the world of art and related culture   Colette Pierce Burnette. | Photo by Kylie Birchfield   Appointments Newfields Board of Trustees announced the “departure” of its CEO, Colette Pierce Burnette, (above) in a brief statement on Nov. 10, abruptly ending her 15-month tenure. The local community has been questioning the action in the days since and about 45 people, supported by several local organizations, protested the news in front of Newfields on Sunday evening. Newfields has not clarified whether Burnette resigned or was fired. Burnette joined Newfields, which includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art, after the cultural institution was trying to rebound from a string of racial issues occurring since the pandemic. The comprehensive effort to recover from the situation and transform the organization included, among other measures, electing Darrianne Christian board chair in 2021, hiring Burnette last year, and announcing the appointment of Belinda Tate as director of the museum in September. All three are Black women. Tate was slated to start Nov. 6. Four days later, Christian announced Burnette was no longer CEO. (11/19) | Indy Star Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., welcomed a new president. […]

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