Art, recreation and culture are the values that embrace the human spirit, said Mamie Smith-Faust at a reception for the inaugural exhibit of artwork from the Fleetwood-Jourdain Art Guild in the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. The donated art work from the Guild, representing the Black Experience, will be on display in room 2200 on a rotating basis.

At a reception on March 24, Fleetwood Art Guild president Patricia Vance said the mission of the 25-year-old organization is to “showcase inspiring and up-and-coming artists.”

Ms. Smith-Faust, a long-time director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, was the “driving force” behind the formation of the guild, said Don Colleton, who volunteers at the center and attended the reception. “A lot of people have ideas. It takes a special quality to mold them and make them work,” said Val Summers, who also attended the reception.

Shanee Weston oversaw the project for the City, and Britany Scurry helped curate the exhibit.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, retired Mayor Lorraine Morton, Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and other City staff members attended the reception.

The gallery will be accessible during regular City business hours.