News & Events

August 24, 2020

Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership and Foundation is partnering with American-made apparel manufacturer American Giant and nonprofit Nest to offer at auction a collection of 18 newly made quilted flags created by women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Souls Grown Deep’s collaboration with American Giant and Nest furthers its commitment to the economic success of Gee’s Bend, which gave rise to many of the artists in the Foundation’s collection. The 18 new quilted works will be available by auction from American Giant at this link from August 24-31, 2020, with 100% of auction proceeds going to the individual artists.

August 20, 2020

Deep in Alabama’s Black Belt, the village of Gee’s Bend is almost an island, cut off by a loop in the Alabama River. The ferry that linked the Bend to Camden, the local county seat, was stopped by white segregationists in 1962, and not reinstated until 2006. Once enslaved plantation workers, then sharecroppers, then struggling New Deal farmers, the people of the Bend remained largely unnoticed by mainstream history, despite Martin Luther King’s visit in 1965 a few weeks before the civil rights march on Selma.

August 12, 2020

William S. (“Bill”) Arnett passed away peacefully at the age of 81 in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 12, 2020. A writer, editor, and art collector, Arnett devoted himself for several decades to the art of varied civilizations, from the ancient art of the Mediterranean to China and Southeast Asia to sub-Saharan Africa. In the mid-1980s, Arnett changed his focus to collecting and championing African American artists from the Deep South.