Image from "Traveling While Black"
  • Image from "Traveling While Black"

Art, Activism, and the Legacy of Tamir Rice

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium

Commemorating the fifth anniversary of his death, Art, Activism, and the Legacy of Tamir Rice” is an inspiring evening of music, dance, film, and visual art, featuring a conversation between internationally renowned artist Theaster Gates and journalist-activist Bakari Kitwana.

Gates and special guests will explore the role of activist art in the quest for racial equity and justice, in both Cleveland and beyond. Central to the evening will be how art has been utilized to pursue justice for Tamir, the efforts of artists to keep Tamir’s story at the forefront of public discourse, and the participation and growing influence in the art world of Samaria Rice (Tamir’s mother).

They will be joined by human rights activist, writer, strategist, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Opal Tometi, who will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Samaria Rice and Sandra Madison will also unveil plans for the new Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center, which will provide artistic, educational, and civic programs for youth that celebrate the history and culture of people of African descent.

Highlights of the evening include a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary short Traveling While Black, remarks by artists Michael Rakowitz, EJ Hill, Amanda D. King, and Shelia Pree Bright, and performances by Lexy Lattimore and Jasiri X.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.

Benefit Luncheon with Theaster Gates

A benefit luncheon with Theaster Gates will be held prior to the event at noon at the InterContinental Cleveland. Gates will discuss his artistic practices, his personal and professional connections with Tamir Rice, and how his work expresses art values, land values, and human values. Tickets for the benefit luncheon include admission to the evening event.

For information and tickets to the Tamir Rice Legacy Luncheon, visit

For inquiries, email tamirricefoundation [at]