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Ruth E. Carter, Two-Time Academy Award Winner, coming to downtown Springfield on September 8

(SPRINGFIELD, MA)—Art for the Soul Gallery will host a book signing with Springfield native and award-winning costume designer to celebrate the launch of her book, The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther.

The free event will take place Friday, September 8 at 1:00p.m. at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street in the second floor Food Court. Books will be available for purchase at the Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided by Nosh. Parking will be validated if off-street parking is not available. Attendees are invited to come dressed in the attire of one of Ms. Carter’s movie costumes.

Rosemary Tracy Woods, Art for the Soul Gallery executive director, has known Ruth since her early years in Springfield and is proud to host this community event in her honor. “I’ve known Ruth for many years. Her extraordinary talent was always evident. It was only a matter of time before the world would acknowledge her greatness.”

The book signing will coincide with the completion of the Ruth Carter Mural on the Rebecca Johnson Elementary School in Mason Square.

This event is made possible with the help of our generous sponsors and community partners; Mayor Sarno’s Office, Springfield Cultural Council, Springfield Cultural Partnership, Springfield Department of Health & Human Services, Smokey Joe’s, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zi Zi Omega Chapter, Olive Tree Books N Voices, Common Wealth Murals, and TSM Design.

About Ruth E. Carter Ruth E. Carter is a living legend of costume design. For three decades, she has shaped the story of the Black experience on screen—from the ’80s streetwear of Do the Right Thing to the royal regalia of Coming 2 America. Her work on Marvel's Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever not only brought Afrofuturism to the mainstream, but also made her the first Black winner of an Oscar in costume design and the first Black woman to win two Academy Awards in any category. In 2021, she became the second-ever costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About Art for the Soul Gallery

Art for the Soul Gallery is a non-profit based in Springfield, Massachusetts. Founded in 2015,

Art for the Soul showcases diverse artists, unique experiences, and arts-related educational opportunities. Learn more about Art for the Soul by visiting


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