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BAY AREA ARTAND EQUITY PREMIER – ON AFROFUTURISM
June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
In this series of three conversations, we invite BIPOC Art leaders to narrate the Bay Area art scene, interrogate the traditional fine arts narratives, dive into BIPOC cultural movements and honor essential contributions by BIPOC Bay Area artists.
Video Premier drops on our Oakland Art Murmur YouTube channel, June 10th, @6pm!
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About the Moderator:
Michelle Antoinette Nelson is an artist, host, innovator, and CEO of Brown and Healthy, a global initiative which focuses on community engagement, strategic design, and wellness curation for people of color. She has appeared on CNN Live, CBS WJZ-TV, and Fox 45 television as a multifaceted career creative who has dedicated over a decade of her life’s work to innovating for social justice, authoring books, curating live entertainment events, and writing for publications such as Baltimore Magazine and Red Bulletin.
About the Panelists:
Ashara Ekundayo is a Detroit-born, Oakland-based independent curator, creative industries entrepreneur, cultural strategist, and founder working across arts, community, government, and social innovation spaces. Her newest creative projects include BLATANT – a multi-disciplinary, monthly forum presented in collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora as well as a published maga(zine) offered in conjunction with her platform Artist As First Responder which excavates, documents, and archives the stories of present-day and next generation cultural workers whose art practices heal communities and save lives.
Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College in Oakland, California. A lifelong artist and writer, Ajuan has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. In her art, illustration, and comics, Ajuan uses humor and bright colors to explore race, gender, power, and the people and places in which they intersect. Her recent series of illustrations #LivingWhileBlack features Black people performing activities that are only conisered a crime when Black people are doing them.
Shogun Shido is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist living and working in Oakland, California. Originally from New Orleans, Shido uses his art to invoke healing through creative expression and prompt connection to his ancestral roots through story-telling.