Figure Drawing in the parkS
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for these sessions! We're so grateful that you chose to join the Figure On Diversity community. See you next time!
1st & 3rd Sundays
Free Public Event, All Ages & Experience Levels Welcome!
Figure On Diversity is pleased to welcome all to Figure Drawing in the Parks, an outdoor drawing series held in the beautiful parks of Gainesville, Florida. All figure models hired for these sessions will belong to one or more marginalized identities, including People of Color, and individuals who are Fat, Gender-Expansive, and/or Disabled. The goal of this series is to introduce the public to figure drawing and to promote inclusion and accessibility in studio art and art education.

Figure Drawing in the Parks is a GNV ART JAM supported by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
• Free and open to the public; all ages welcome
• No art experience required; guidance from experienced artists available
• Chairs, Easels and Drawing Boards provided
• Materials (drawing tools and paper) provided; Artists are also welcome to bring their own supplies in any studio medium!
• Models will be clothed
• No photography of model without model's consent
Locations & Accessibility
1st Sundays: Depot Park
874 SE 4 St, Gainesville, FL 32601
• Accessible parking spots available: Map of Parking
• Wheelchair-friendly sidewalks
• Public Restrooms available
• Immediate proximity to food trucks and other eating establishments, expansive playgrounds, and the Cade Museum of Creativity & Invention
Click Here to view Depot Park's ADA Accessibility Page
1st Sunday Figure Drawing Dates
December 5, 2021 | 12:30-3:30pm  Done!
January 2, 2022 | 12:30-3:30pm  Done!
February 13, 2022* | 12:30-3:30pm *2nd Sunday event  Done!
March 6, 2022 | 12:30-3:30pm  Done!
April 3, 2022 | 12:30-3:30pm  Done!
3rd Sundays: Bo Diddley Plaza
111 East University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
• Street parking throughout downtown, including accessible parking around the plaza
• ADA-compliant and leveled brick-paver sidewalks
• Accessible Public Restrooms at Bo Diddley Stage
• Immediate proximity to downtown restaurants, bars, and shops
3rd Sunday Figure Drawing Dates
November 21, 2021 | 2-5pm  Done!
December 19, 2021 | 12:30-3:30pm  Done!
January 16, 2022 | 12:30-3:30pm Done!
February 27, 2022* | 12:30-3:30pm *4th Sunday event  Done!
What is Figure Drawing?
Figure Drawing, also called Life Drawing, is the practice of representing the human form with the use of any drawing material, including charcoal, pen and ink, and graphite. Dating all the way back to the oldest cave paintings on record, people have been drawing people for as long as we've been around.

Our sessions require no drawing experience in order to attend. We believe that figure drawing is a way of documenting your careful and attentive exploration of what you see, rather than as a means to an end — no one will be grading your drawings, and we hope to foster an environment in which skill and training are not prioritized over community, openness, and curiosity. In other words, these sessions will be focused on your process, not your products!

While all models for our Figure Drawing in the Park series will be clothed, nude modeling is common practice in life drawing spaces. Regardless of whether a model is bare or draped, it's important to remember that vulnerability is shared among artists as well as models. We acknowledge that the act of observing and studying another person can be intimate in a way we aren't often exposed to, and commend our artists and models for sharing that space of vulnerability together. Thank you!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions: [email protected] 
Land & Community Acknowledgement
We would like to begin these events with land acknowledgement, which we have crafted through the Honor Native Land Guide by The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network inciting creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.

Acknowledgment is a first step. It does not stand in for relationship and action, but can begin to point toward deeper possibilities for decolonizing relationships with people and place. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth.

NATIVE PEOPLES OF GAINESVILLE

We are standing on the ancestral lands of the Seminole and Timucua Peoples and the diverse milieu of multi-lingual indigenous communities that comprised them. Spanish, French, and British colonizers did not “discover” this land; there were indigenous communities living in this area of what we call “central Florida” for tens of thousands of years before coming into contact with European colonizers. European disease, violence, Catholic missionary expeditions, and the U.S. Government-sanctioned “Indian Removal Act” of 1830 are just some of the main components that contributed to the cultural and political genocide of indigenous communities in this area. We further want to honor and uplift trans, queer, two-spirit, and indigenous femmes who lived here before us; we know that they have always led the revolution.

THE UNION ACADEMY & THE ROSA B. WILLIAMS CENTER

The Rosa B. Williams Center was built on the site of the Union Academy, the first school for African Americans in Gainesville and Alachua County, which provided a free quality education to African Americans when public schools in Alachua County were struggling. Established in 1865, the school served the community for almost 60 years.

At the beginning of the Civil War, African Americans, mostly slaves, were 54% of the population in Alachua County, but few lived in Gainesville. At the end of the war, in May 1865, a company of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment were stationed in Gainesville. They were replaced that October by a company of the 34th United States Colored Infantry Regiment. The presence of Black troops in Gainesville in 1865 encouraged freed men to settle there. By 1870, Gainesville's population was 53% Black; today, our city is closer to 20% Black. The harm caused by gentrification of Gainesville's historic Black neighborhoods is rampant and well-documented in Gainesville, an issue for which this building's namesake, Ms. Rosa Williams, is a vocal activist.

PORTERS & DEPOT PARK

The land of Southwest Gainesville was once owned by Dr. Watson Porter, a former Union Army surgeon assigned to the Third U.S. Colored Troops. An immeasurably important member of his community, Porter served as the principal of the Union Academy and made a practice of selling his land exclusively to Black families, thus marking the establishment of The Porters community in 1884. Porters, as it's still known, is the second-oldest historically Black neighborhood in Gainesville. Today, it is a site of aggressive gentrification.

Please take a moment to honor these peoples and communities past and present. Consider the many legacies of violence, enslavement, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today. Please join us in uncovering such truths, and holding us at Figure On Diversity — as well as the institutions which have provided us with funding and support, including the City of Gainesville and the University of Florida — accountable at any and all public events. We at Figure On Diversity understand that accountability is a gift, and is a signifier of our community's trust in our ability to do better. We will work hard to honor any and all calls for our accountability with utmost gratitude and respect.
Our Team
Angela DeCarlis (they/them)
Lead Artist & Founder of Figure On Diversity
Angela DeCarlis is a portrait painter, figure drawing instructor, and former figure model. In 2018, they founded Figure On Diversity, an initiative designed to increase access and representation in studio art and its education. They are currently a graduate student at the University of Florida (MFA '22).

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Jessica Clermont (she/her)
Figure Drawing in the Parks Assistant Event Manager
Jessica Clermont is a current undergraduate art student at the University of Florida. Focusing on the study of visual art, Jessica uses different media to tackle the discussion of identity and embracing the skin that she exists in. As an African American woman, Jessica aims to amplify the voices of individuals who share similar backgrounds and struggles. As she grows, she is determined to help others do the same.

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Amber McDonald (she/her)
Figure Drawing in the Parks Assistant Event Manager
Amber McDonald is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who works with developmentally disabled children and adults. She wants to provide exposure to marginalized communities through various forms of art and media.
Volunteers
James Brooks (he/him)
Evie Giaconia (she/her)
Andrew Hix (he/him)
Randy Humphrey (he/him)
Mimi McDonald (she/her)

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