This episode of The Drexel InterView focuses on the traveling art exhibition, "Literacy Within Reach," along with show curator, art collector, and activist Robert Bain. Robert Bain gave rise to "Literacy Within Reach" to promote literacy and art appreciation for the predominantly African-American students in the public schools of Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibit features an array of powerful and poignant works dealing with African Americans' reading, writing, and celebrating the idea of literacy. Together with his wife-artist Brenda Joysmith-Bain oversees the Joysmith Gallery in Memphis, where "Literacy Within Reach" was first exhibited. It has gone on to travel around the country, culminating back in Memphis at the National Civil Rights Museum, where this interview takes place. A native New Yorker, Bain encountered the combined power of word and image after running away from home at age 12. During days spent living on the streets and in subway trains, he found sustenance and solace in The New York City Public Library. He immersed himself in the stories and artwork he discovered there. Bain later went on to serve in the military, pursue higher education, and explore his African-American heritage in literature and art.
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Episode #221 / Length: 26 minutes