The King Arts Complex celebrates the life of pioneering filmmaker, actor, composer, novelist, playwright, and visual artist, Melvin Van Peebles. He served in the Air Force for three and a half years after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University. Van Peebles was known as the “godfather of black cinema” with his groundbreaking work “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” which is considered the first Blaxploitation film. He privately funded the film, directed, scripted, edited, wrote the score and lead marketing. Melvin Van Peebles was a renaissance man who leaves a legacy through his work that made a difference in the arts. May he rest in peace!

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2021 Legends

Legends & Legacies
Honoring Ann & Ron Pizzuti

The 14th annual Legends & Legacies Award Ceremony and Reception, honors Ann and Ron Pizzuti, October 7, 2021, 7pm at The Lincoln Theatre.

The King Arts Complex is proud to celebrate Ann and Ron Pizzuti as 2021 Legends and Legacies honorees. They are ranked by ART News among “The World’s Top 200 Collectors” and they are among the nation’s foremost collectors of black art.

Please join The King Arts Complex for an amazing evening as we celebrate the Pizzutis.

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Carnegie Author Series featuring Wil Haygood

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Thirty arts and cultural organizations have come together to fight injustice through 46 days of remembrance for the 46 years of Mr. George Floyd's life.


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"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better."
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