An art show, The Historical Institute of Culture and the African American Experience, gave local African American artists a chance to have their work displayed at the New Life and Spirit Revival Center in Erie.

Mabel Howard, the curator, said, "tonight is the opening break free art exhibit for the Historical Institute of Culture and the African American experience."

"I want people to celebrate, our voice has been in the background a little bit so it is good to have it being projected now," Nicholas Gore said.

Artwork did not just include paintings and drawings, poems were on display as well.

"I think poetry for people who read it speaks to what is going on in the world and what can be changed, it helps people who cannot say what they feel but are able to write it down," Adaria Hopkins said.

Luchetta Manus said, "art is expressive and I think it really will add something to the community." 

Abigail Allen said seeing her artwork displayed, "is something that I never expected would ever happen because I always thought that I would never get out but I am so happy that I was able to do this," Abigail Allen said.