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A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone

A Film by Marlene "Mo" Morris

57 Minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned

Grades 6 - Adult
Item #:ANC-1121

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A NEW COLOR joyfully profiles the life and work of celebrated artist Edythe Boone whose colorful murals portray some of the major events of our time and illustrate the transformative power of art.

Long before Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, septuagenarian Boone embodied that truth as an accomplished artist and educator. From humble Harlem roots, the indefatigable Boone pursued her love of art and her dream of someday creating a new color – “a color that no one had ever seen before.” 

Boone moved her family to Berkeley in the 1970’s from Harlem to avoid the growing crack epidemic. In the Bay Area, she was drawn to community mural projects that channeled her artistic talent into public advocacy for racial and social justice, including the landmark MaestraPeace mural on the San Francisco Women’s Building. Boone has made community murals her primary vehicle for helping people of all ages and ethnicities find their artistic voice and express their hopes and visions.

For decades she has introduced underserved young people and seniors to art as a powerful vehicle for imagining new possibilities. A NEW COLOR highlights Boone’s work with West Oakland middle school students on a garden mural project and with seniors at a center in Richmond. Boone encourages self-expression and challenges her students to see their creative potential and find their voices.

Woven throughout the film is the personal journey that fuels her art, having lived through segregation and the Civil Rights movement, as well as the more recent tragedies of Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and the death of her nephew Eric Garner, who became a national symbol of concern about racist policing.

Filmed over three years, A NEW COLOR illuminates how the passionate, heart-felt work of one resilient woman can reverberate throughout a community and inspire both art and a more powerful chorus for justice.