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Nina Chanel Abney (American, born 1982), House of Reps, 2020. Triptych collage on panel, each 85 1/2 x 73 1/2 x inches (217.2 x 186.7 x 3.5 cm). Image courtesy of Nina Chanel Abney and Pace Prints, New York.

Explore Your Truths: How You Want to Express Your Work?

Saturday, April 23, 2022 ● 11 am
1 pm

(Complete series: April 16, 23, and 30, 2022, 11 am–1 pm)

Albright-Knox Northland

This three-part workshop series, presented in conjunction with the special exhibition In These Truths, gives participants the opportunity to explore their opinions, beliefs, truths, and more through writing, craft creation, and performance. Sessions will be facilitated by Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton and various artists of color from throughout Western New York. These workshops will build to a public Community Share event on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 pm.

In this session, participants will learn how to turn their written pieces from session one into other expressive forms of art such as piece of spoken word, a song, and more.


This three-part series is limited to 20 participants. Please register online.

About the Teachers

Marquis “Ten Thousand” Burton is a poet, visual artist, writer, and educator. Jillian Hanesworth is the Director of Leadership Development at Open Buffalo and a teaching artist with the Dunbar Project at Ujima Company. Kimera Lattimore is a performer, founder of Echo International School of Music, a worship leader, and inspirational speaker. Bianca L. McGraw is an international practicing multimedia installation/performance artist, poet, higher education advocate, community development and engagement facilitator, and diversity presenter. Vonetta T. Rhodes is a mother, educator, poet, and spoken word coach. Verneice Turner is an Artie Awards and Buffalo Spree Best Actress Award winner and a director; has performed as a dancer, singer, and poet; and ran the art space Buffalo East from 2009 to 2013. Read Full Teacher Bios

About the Exhibition

In These Truths is an exhibition of works by Black cultural producers, co-curated by two of Buffalo’s most influential, charismatic, and insightful artists, Edreys Wajed and Aitina Fareed-Cooke, in collaboration with Curator of Public Art Aaron Ott. This invitational exhibition focuses on Black artists, emerging and established, who, through a wide range of mediums, provoke and reconsider, defy and embrace, test and talk about our shared reality. 

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