Thursday, September 8, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light lunch served.
Power Plant Gallery
320 Blackwell St.
American Tobacco Campus
Parking info: We encourage public transportation use or bicycling to the ATC. The Bull City Connector is free. Parking is limited near ATC.
FSP@PPG: Arts Activism in Durham will be a roundtable discussion about the promise and challenges of the arts scene in Durham. Who are the audiences? Who are the artists? What are the strengths of the current arts scene and what's missing? How do we create new audiences? How do we bring new types of art and artists to existing audiences? What types of spaces are available, and how do we creatively use those spaces? How does the building boom in Durham affect the arts? In what other ways is Durham changing, and what are the impacts of those changes? What are the funding sources for arts programming in Durham (public, private, and mixed)? Are there places or programs locally or elsewhere that seem to be "getting it right" in terms of supporting the arts, cultivating creativity, etc? If so, what lessons might we learn from those places?
The scheduled roundtable panelists are: Laura Ritchie, Saba Taj, Shirlette Ammons, Caitlin Margaret Kelly, and Pierce Freelon. It will be moderated by Michaela Dwyer.
This program is the first in a regular series of public discussions co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery. The Power Plant Gallery is an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.
A Chef's Life
Shirlette Ammons is an Associate Producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award winning docuseries, A Chef's Life, produced by Markay Media Productions and broadcast on PBS. She is also a writer and musician whose body of work includes two collections of poetry, three music projects and numerous collaborations with artists of various genres. Shirlette's recent musical project, Language Barrier, features guest appearances by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Indigo Girls, and others. Her music has recently been featured in Vans Shoes' "Truth X Vans" digital campaign. Shirlette is a Cave Canem Fellow, an alum of the Next Level Program (an international hip hop diplomacy program of the U.S. Embassy and UNC Music Dept.), 2013-14 recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship Award, among other honors. Shirlette resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Blackspace | Beat Making Lab
Pierce Freelon is an Afro-futurist, professor, musician, and organizer. He is the creator of Blackspace - a digital makerspace based in Durham, North Carolina; and the co-founder of the Emmy-award winning PBS web-series Beat Making Lab. He has taught in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, and is the front-man of the jazz/hip hop quartet The Beast.
Caitlin Margaret Kelly
Power Plant Gallery
Caitlin Margaret Kelly is an artist, runner, and devout coffee drinker. She is director of the Power Plant Gallery, where her work creates conversations between artist, art, and audience. Kelly conceived and developed the new PPG Artist-in-residence public studio program in the gallery. She is currently working on two upcoming exhibitions: ‘Transgender USA: Photographs by Mariette Pathy Allen’ opening in October, and ‘Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent’ a sound-only exhibition opening in January 2017.
Laura Ritchie is co-founder and director of The Carrack, a zero-commission, donation- and volunteer-supported art space in Durham. Ritchie is passionate about creating opportunities across the arts and working with her community to build safe, inclusive space for underrepresented and emerging artists. A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Ritchie has studied at UNC-Chapel Hill (BFA), the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy and at the Institute for Curatorial Practice at Hampshire College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Duke University.
Durham Artists Movement
Saba Taj is a queer Muslim femme mixed-media visual artist and activist whose art explores hybrid identity through an intersectional lens, confronting Islamophobia and its connections to systemic oppression rooted in capitalist imperialism. She is a founding member of Durham Artists Movement, a local collective of artists privileging the voices of queer people of color.
UNC Chapel Hill
Michaela Dwyer is a graduate student in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studies place, ‘southernness,’ and performance in relation to the legacies of Black Mountain College and arts infrastructure across the American South. She writes about dance and manages the arts calendar at Indy Week, and works on public humanities and performing arts programs across the Triangle. She received her B.A. in English and Documentary Studies from Duke University.