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On October 5, Kingsport will celebrate the mural installation of Humanae, a collection of portrait photos revealing the true beauty of human color. In partnership with the Downtown Kingsport Association and Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, downtown Kingsport is the next location for this international project exhibit.

Humanae is an internationally acclaimed project by artist Angelica Dass, a Brazilian artist living and working in Madrid. As a young elementary student Angelica was baffled by the words used to describe skin tones. Through the Humanae project she has documented and labeled an on-going array of human color through the Pantone system. The project has been showcased in numerous exhibitions and talks around the world. Through the 2016 TED Global in Vancouver, her issues and philosophies of the project have reached a global audience.

“The Humanae mural is more than a public art piece. It is an opportunity to unify and celebrate the people of Kingsport around the idea that there is beauty in our differences.” – Bonnie Macdonald, director of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.

The celebration will take place on the corner of Market and Broad Streets in Downtown Kingsport. After a short ceremony at 4:30 p.m., the public can enjoy cake pops, art projects and selfies with the mural installation. The mural will be displayed on the side of the State Theater along Market Street, and will remain on exhibit through January 1, 2018. A photo installation will also be displayed in the Atrium Gallery on the second floor of the Renaissance Arts Center.

Inspired by the Humanae project local physician and avid computer programmer, Dr. Wes Eastridge has also programed a color selection exercise and is providing a lesson book of color experiments and science through his website MinhaCor Name Your Color, allows the user to manipulate color, hue and saturation to match their own unique skin color and create a name for their specific color. You can see MinhaCor in action at Art in the Heart Gallery on Broad Street.

Humanae Exhibit sponsors include Eastman, Downtown Kingsport Association, Tennessee Arts Commission, City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Engage Kingsport, Friends of Humanae.

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HUMANAE event poster