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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND

FOUNDER OF THE ADIUS ARTS INITIATIVE, JAMES PIERRE, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE GARDNER MUSEUM CURATES AN INTROSPECTIVE ON THE GAME OF SPADES AS A STAPLE IN BLACK CULTURE

Players of all levels are welcome to learn more about the history of spades as a staple of Black culture and how the inspiration for the evening came from a century-old playing card in the Museum’s archives. 

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James Pierre, Founder of Adius Arts Initiative, talks about the contrast of "Deck of Cards" from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the tradition of the game of Spades in the Black community.

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What is The Adius Arts initiative? Named after my father Adius Pierre the initiative grew from an interest and sense of responsibility. I developed an interest in drawing at a very young age. I would draw all day and every day, anywhere with a flat surface. My passion would later cause a problem in school. Teachers grew frustrated with my distraction and my already short attention span. Notes would be sent home on my drawings for my parents to sign. This added to a tension at home to an already sensitive topic.

 

My father did not share my enthusiasm for drawing. He would scold me when he caught me drawing. The respect and fear I had of my father drove me to hide my hobby from my parents. I would have to be very careful when I drew at home and hide what I was doing when I heard my father coming down the hall or entering the home. It was not until later in life my father explained that his issue was not with art. He was concerned that art as a hobby was a waste of time and not proper training for a sustainable career.

 

My story is not a unique one. Unfortunately in families all over, art is not encouraged as a career choice because of the struggling artist narrative. 

 

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