Michael July on Jane Friedman

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Photo from Empire: An Arturo Vega Retrospective, at Howl Happening: An Arturo Vega Project

Just before New Year’s Eve, Howl Arts received an email from Michael July, author of Afros and a dear friend of Howl’s Executive Director, Jane Friedman. After reading Miss Rosen’s interview with Jane, “How to Find Artists that Can Change the World“, Michael wrote us the following note:

“This is probably the first and most likely the last interview that Jane Friedman will ever do. She has always made sure she stayed completely behind the scenes, in complete support of the artists, Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Stevie Wonder… to name just a few. Jane has never tooted her own horn but I believe if any one ever deserve to… it’s her. I just happened to come across this article about her and her gallery from last month while Googling Patti Smith. I say this because in just 3 months it will be the 25th anniversary of our meeting, April 1993. She hired me immediately to be her assistant and I would work together with her for the next several fun-filled years. I’m very happy for the success of her gallery, Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project (this is her way to continue to shine the spot light on the many talented folks in her community) and that she is doing what she loves to do and more importantly does best… giving back.”

Thank you to Michael for sharing this lovely note.

And in response… Jane had lots to say about how talented Michael is – so if you haven’t checked out his work, she says you should!

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