Join us as we celebrate the diversity of America, honoring Black History Month.
At the February Downtown Gallery Crawl The Palace presents the collections of Alden McDonald, president and CEO of Liberty Bank and Trust Company, one of the top three African-American owned financial institutions in the United States. He is nationally recognized as an advocate and catalyst in the movement of minority businesses into the mainstream economy. Throughout his career, McDonald’s focus has been the promotion of entrepreneurship, the support of civic organizations and the empowerment of businesses and individuals. McDonald moved aggressively to lead rebuilding efforts for his bank and the entire New Orleans region after Hurricane Katrina. His extraordinary efforts were recognized and chronicled in the New York Times in 2006. That same year he was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Portraits of Power; and he has been celebrated on numerous occasions in Black Enterprise Magazine where he received the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alden is also an avid art collector and patron. His collection of African-American Art stands as one of the most prestigious in the nation. The Palace is proud to present a sample of Alden McDonald’s African-American Art collection in honor of Black History Month. His pieces by Frank Frazier, who literally draws from his own memories as a young man in the middle of the civil rights movement, shows the world that if people lock arms or walk the same paths together… real change can happen.
This show reminds us of the simple truth, we are all created in the image of our creator. Alden is an example to all on how community involvement, passion, and art can transform the world around you. His work by Frazier reminds us that telling our own story is a very powerful message for the world to hear.