The U.S. Postal Service will issue its final Black Heritage Forever stamp next month, and it features Edmonia Lewis, the first African-American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition in the Western art world.
According to the Women’s Art blog, Lewis, who later moved to Rome, lived in a bohemian expat colony and got involved in the city’s lesbian art circles. Lewis herself is said to have had same-sex relationships, the blog says, and she was professionally supported in Rome by lesbian actress Charlotte Cushman and sculptor Harriet Hosmer.
A Postal Service press release says the Lewis stamp is a casein portrait based on a photograph of her by Augustus Marshall that was taken in Boston between 1864 and 1987.
Lewis (1844-1907) questioned social barriers and assumptions about artists in mid-19th century America. She was born in Greenbush, New York, but has spent most of her career in Rome, where her studio has become a must-see attraction for tourists, the statement said. Lewis’s work incorporated African-American themes, including celebrations of newly acquired freedoms, and sensitively portray his Native American heritage as peaceful and dignified.
The stamp’s first day of issue will be January 26, where it will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.The stamp can be purchased at the Postal Service’s online store and at post offices .
SF NYE fireworks display canceled
San Francisco Mayor London Breed and public safety officials have announced that the New Year’s Eve fireworks show in the city has been canceled due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases. According to a press release, the decision was made after closely monitoring local health indicators and had an impact on public safety staffing levels. Adopting proactive measures that will best protect San Franciscans and essential frontline workers, as the Omicron variant is increasingly prevalent, remains the city’s top priority, the statement said.
Currently, 84% of eligible San Franciscans are fully immunized and 55% have received a booster dose, but community spread of the Omicron variant still poses a significant risk, the statement noted. And, with the recent increase in vacation travel and gatherings, the city is taking all necessary and preventative measures to deal with the most transmissible COVID variant seen to date.
“While we all naturally look forward to celebrating a New Year with the usual New Years Eve fireworks display in San Francisco, we must remain vigilant in doing all we can to stop the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.” , Breed said. “Through our mandate to vaccinate employees, our public safety workers are well protected against COVID, but they must still take every precaution to help limit the spread. By canceling the New Year’s Eve fireworks display, we are reducing everyone’s exposure to COVID-19, while ensuring the continuity of public safety operations throughout the city. “
Start 2022 with a hike
California State Parks invites Californians and visitors from around the world to kick off the New Year in a healthy way by getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors with the annual Day One Hikes on January 1. According to a press release, more than 40 state parks and more than 50 guided hikes will take place across the state as part of this national effort led by the First Day Hikes program, which encourages individuals and families to explore. the magnificent natural and cultural resources of the outdoors so that they can be inspired to enjoy these treasures throughout the year.
“Day one hikes are a great opportunity to improve your physical, mental and social health and what better way to start the New Year than by connecting with nature,” said Armando Quintero, Director of State Parks of California, in the press release. “The state’s iconic and beautiful outdoor venues support healthy, affordable, physical and social activities. Join staff, docents and volunteers, and other outdoor enthusiasts in welcoming 2022.”
Guides, volunteers, and staff will introduce visitors to some of the wonders of California State Parks with hikes along giant redwoods, beautiful redwoods, or even through a paddle along the iconic coastline. Distance and severity will vary depending on the hike / activity, so visitors are encouraged to review departure time details and hike descriptions. Participants can find the updated list of state parks here. Additional fleet units can be added as they become available.
In North Bay, Jack London State Historic Park in the Sonoma Valley is participating in its ninth annual Day One Hike.
According to a press release, the hike begins at 10 am and ends around 2:30 pm The round-trip route is eight miles long and moderately strenuous. The hike can either be a personal challenge to reach the top of the park or the first step in a commitment to a healthier New Year. Either way, it’s designed for all fitness levels with guides to help hikers return to the parking lot at any time.
Jack London State Historic Park is located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. It is operated and funded by Jack London Partners, a non-profit organization that is responsible for managing the park on behalf of the people of California. Funding is generated by visitors, annual pass holders and donors, the statement said.
The hike is free with a parking fee of $ 10 per car. The event will be canceled in the event of rain. Reservations are required and can be made here.
The creation of Change confab becomes virtual
National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Create Change conference will be a virtual event as organizers moved from an in-person rally in New Orleans due to the skyrocketing Omicron COVID-19 variant, a statement said. Press.
The dates for the virtual conference have not been announced. The in-person event was scheduled for January 12-16.
“Although disappointing, we need to put the health and well-being of our conference attendees, volunteers, staff and other supporters first and we have decided to go ahead with a virtual-only conference,” said Kierra Johnson, Executive Director of the Task Force.
Danny Linden, director of the Create Change conference, said officials will announce what the lineup will look like soon.
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