PUBLIC ART AND CURATORIAL PROJECTS
The purpose of each of these projects was engage the local community by providing accessible engagement in cultural history through public art and art-related events.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION AND ART WALK
Hapeville, GA, 2020
The 2020 Inaugural Hapeville Black History Exhibition and Art Walk included work from 40 artists that celebrated the beauty diversity of the African diaspora. In addition to four public art galleries, festivities included special performances by Giwayen Mata African Dance Company; live jazz featuring the Edwin Williams Experience; "Pathways" starring Brenda Porter; and a special talk by Jane Gunther, who witnessed Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955. This event mass made possible thanks to funding from the Hapeville Main Street Board and collaboration with the Academy Theatre and Hapeville Depot Museum. All photos courtesy of blctxt.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS EN HAPEVILLE
Funded by the Hapeville Main Street Board and supported by local businesses and volunteers, this event included four free community maker events that culminated in a festive, family-friendly celebration and parade. Workshop participants learned about Day of the Dead and its origins while making traditional Mexican crafts. Parade attendees were then immersed in an interactive experience that included authentic Mexican food, music and welcoming fellowship with their friends, neighbors and visitors.
All photos courtesy of blctxt.
ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Featuring the work of Crew Thick ATL, a local, all-black photography collective, this exhibition also included a photo walk and pin-up contest as community engagement components. Additional event festivities, funded by the Hapeville Main Street Board, included sunset yoga with Sanskrit Moon Yoga Center, food, and live music.
HISPANIC HISTORY MONTH MURALS
Completed in collaboration with artist Laura Vela and community volunteers.