To cel­e­brate Black His­tory Month, the city of Boston wel­comed an art exhi­bi­tion fea­turing the works of North­eastern artists-​​in-​​residence to City Hall.

The exhi­bi­tion, “Urban Cel­e­bra­tions,” explores the city’s cul­tural diver­sity through pho­tographs, sculp­tures, and paint­ings cre­ated by artists from the African Amer­ican Master Artists-​​in-​​Residence Pro­gram (AAMARP), an adjunct of Northeastern’s Depart­ment of African Amer­ican Studies.

The exhi­bi­tion includes a series of art­work hon­oring jazz leg­ends, a pho­to­graph showing a diverse group of youths cel­e­brating Deval Patrick’s elec­tion in 2007 as the first black gov­ernor of Mass­a­chu­setts, and a mixed-​​media mosaic in the shape of a guitar fea­turing vibrant-​​colored beads, glass, tiles, and buttons.

It’s won­derful to be rec­og­nized for this exhi­bi­tion by the city of Boston, and it reaf­firms our com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity ser­vice and our part­ner­ships,” said Glo­retta Baynes, chair of artists for the pro­gram and the exhibition’s curator. “It’s very special.”

Baynes said public exhi­bi­tions also remind the com­mu­nity that art is acces­sible to its mem­bers, is part of their her­itage, and improves quality of life. She pointed to AAMARP’s work with emerging artists through the program’s com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, stressing the impact art shows can have on youth. “Through these exhi­bi­tions, they can see how their own work can evolve,” Baynes said.

Ear­lier this month, the Boston City Council com­mended AAMARP for more than 30 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice and artistic excel­lence. Baynes noted that AAMARP’s first public exhi­bi­tion in 1977 was also fea­tured at City Hall.

In addi­tion to the art exhi­bi­tion, North­eastern has hosted sev­eral events on campus throughout Feb­ruary to cel­e­brate Black His­tory Month. The John D. O’Bryant African Amer­ican Insti­tute — with sup­port from the Black His­tory Month Com­mittee and Enroll­ment Man­age­ment and Stu­dent Affairs — has led dis­cus­sions, while other events have fea­tured black musi­cians and inventors.

The entire series of events has drawn on four themes: Con­nect, edu­cate, inspire and cel­e­brate. Yes­terday, a Black His­tory Month Cel­e­bra­tion at the Amilcar Cabral Memo­rial Stu­dent Center show­cased the rich­ness of black his­tory through song, dance, speeches and food. Today, a panel dis­cus­sion at 2:45 p.m. in the Cabral Center will explore the issue of mul­ti­cul­tur­alism and diver­sity on col­lege campuses.

A tour of AAMARP’s gallery in Jamaica Plain was also hosted for stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff. This event also sup­ports the efforts of the university’s Stony Brook Ini­tia­tive, which strives to create and sus­tain strong rela­tion­ships and con­nec­tions in Boston’s neighborhoods.

AAMARP is a center of excel­lence in mul­ti­cul­tural visual and per­forming arts ded­i­cated to cre­ating an enriching cul­tural envi­ron­ment for a diverse com­mu­nity through exhi­bi­tions, con­certs, per­for­mances, lec­tures and workshops.