(Complete series: April 16, 23, and 30, 2022, 11 am–1 pm)
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 use inspiration from an artwork in In These Truths and a series of writing prompts provided by the instructor to create an original piece of literature such as a poem or a short story.
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.