The City of Raleigh Museum invites you into the museum to find rest, reflect on your life, and respond to prompts aimed at focusing on your mental health. In its newest temporary exhibit, "Raleigh’s Living Room: Rest, Reflect, Respond", the museum is focusing on art therapy and the need for self-care during these very stressful times. Every month, the exhibit will feature a prompt that asks visitors to reflect on a certain aspect of their lives then draw a response on the dry erase wall. Additionally, each month a local artist will respond to the same prompt and their art will be visible for the month.
October ArtistDuring the month of October, V. Cullum Rogers, cartoonist, will be featured. As a career editorial cartoonist, he became close friends with Dwane Powell, who is the subject of the City of Raleigh Museum's "You Really Stuck It To Me Today: Political Cartoons of Dwane Powell" which is closing at the end of October. Rogers will be dedicating his drawing to the memory of Powell who passed away in 2019.
November ArtistThe November artist will be Jose Manuel Cruz. Originally from New Jersey, Jose identifies as “Colorican,” a term coined by the artist, reflects his identity as an individual born of a Colombian mother, Gladys, and Puerto Rican father, Armando, and being born in America. In 1998, he became a certified teacher in Art. Cruz has exhibited his works in the United States and abroad. His career as an exhibiting artist began at the Newark Museum’s Elementary Art Exhibits and continues to this day with his most recent works being featured in Humacao, Puerto Rico. In 2016, WBGO Jazz 88, an iconic entertainment landmark in downtown Newark, hosted Cruz’s solo show Return of the Native Son, curated by Mansa K Musa. Cruz’s works were also included in the Colores exhibition in 2012 at North Carolina Central University Art Museum. Colores was a group exhibition that included works by 10 different Latino artists in observance of Latino Heritage Month. Cruz is presently the Art Teacher at James E. Shepard IB Middle School in Durham, NC. Cruz will be drawing from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Friday on Nov. 5 as part of the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum's 5th Annual Day of the Dead event.