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Come One Come All, & We Do Mean All

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.

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June Gallery Crawl – Volunteers Needed


Do you enjoy talking with new people? Does conversation come easily to you? Or maybe you’ve got the gift of hospitality and find it valuable to help people feel welcome?

If so, the Creative Team would love to have you help us host at the upcoming Gallery Crawls. You don’t even have to know a thing about art! Our team leader will get you briefed and ready for the event. During each Art Crawl,400-500 visitor pass through The Palace.  Most of those visitor rarely ask about the art but are unusually curious about The Palace and Portico Church, often wanting tours of the building or a better understanding of why we’re located downtown. It’s a great opportunity to meet folks and share about our Death to Life vision.

The next Gallery Crawl is Thursday, June 6th from 5-9pm. If you’d like to serve a shift with us, email Libby at libbygifford@gmail.com.

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