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Poor Man’s Art Collective welcomes you to the ‘Colored Section’

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson

Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Local artists and poets will dedicate their Oct. 26 performance to the fine arts with the purpose of inspiring other artist of the possibilities of business success. “Welcome to the Colored Section” is an innovative and eclectic art show featuring the works of 11 of the Detroit area’s best emerging arts and poets sponsored. The show is produced by Poor Man’s Art Collective.

“Welcome to the Colored Section was presented as a challenge to the participating artist to bring to life what is important to them as African American artists,” says Geno, artist and co-founder of Poor Man’ s Art Collective. “The challenge for African American artist and poets in Detroit has been exposure and the ability to express themselves freely without all the critics that say there is a certain way to express themselves.”

Geno says Detroit artists’ credibility is constantly challenged, because of credentials through education and PMA wants to change that.

“I think people get hung up on degrees; these artists will share their heritage, stories, spirituality and relationships through their individual creative media,” he told the Michigan Citizen.

Poor Man’s Art Collective has created a platform that will allow artists to display their work whole-heartedly.

Reggie Singleton also with PMA says he works to be innovative with his art.

“I try to keep my art as free as possible, edgy and loose. I want artists to feel adventurous and not bottled up,” he said. “My professor in college said my work was considered to be too free and when I did a black and white painting it was too dark, so I decided to branch away and do what was best for me as an artist.”

Welcome to the Colored Section opens Oct. 26 and will run each weekend through Nov. 16 at the Liberal Arts Gallery, 3361 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48207.

For more information, contact Eugene Harris at 313.671.7983 or visit


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