"Bing Davis has paved the way not only for African- American artists but for African-American faculty and young
artists coming behind him".
Dr. S. Alexis Anderson, Black Art in America
Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture is 501 (c) (3) entity of the Davis Art Studio complex designed to provide art and cultural experiences and activities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of African American art and culture, reinforce the interrelationship of the visual arts to other artistic and cultural expressions while enhancing the position of African-American artists in the community and the world at large.
To Our Sponsors
For everything you have done for us in the past, everything you still do and will continue to do, we at SHANGO just want you to know how thankful we are, and we look forward to a prosperous future together.
THE VIRGINIA W. KETTERING FOUNDATION
The primary focus of Shango. Inc. since 2004 has been its Annual Youth Summer Art Camp for youth 10-12 and 13-18. This two week art making workshop is conducted by local artists and art educators and involves a professional style four week exhibit in the EbonNia Gallery and other local venue including an annual exhibit at its corporate sponsor the Dayton Power and Light Foundation.
The other primary project of Shango. Inc. is the emerging artists' project that has been in operation since 2007 under the banner of Visual Voices. Visual Voices consist of local and regional African-American visual artists living and working in the Dayton and the Miami Valley Region. This group of artists with diverse styles and artistic skills are provided annual opportunities to participate in visual art concepts such as the Dayton Skyscrapers Art Project, the Dayton Funk Music Art Exhibit, Martin Luther King, Jr./Paul Lawrence Dunbar Art Project, the Black Life as Subject Matter Project and others. Shango is also the site for and supporter of other art and cultural activities in the region.
The goals and objectives are achieved through traditional and innovative exhibitions, workshops, lectures, seminars and symposiums, plus collaborative efforts of organizations at the local, state, national and international levels.