Archive for the ‘Conversations’ Category

Idea Lab Conversation: Rent

Idea Lab Conversation: Rent
Friday, October 15 at noon
Main Art Building Outdoor Courtyard

Meet the director and cast members of UGA’s production of Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reimagining of Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.” Director Brandon LaReau is a doctoral student in Theatre and Film Studies and a former Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research. Rent performances begin on November 4 and tickets are available at

Conversation: Creature Comforts AIR Noraa James

Conversation: Creature Comforts Artist-in-Residence Noraa James
Thursday, November 4 at Noon

Event recording:

Noraa James, the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Artist in Residence for 2021, will take part in a conversation on art and community in Athens with Creature Comforts hospitality manager Madeline Blankenship and Mark Callahan, artistic director of Ideas for Creative Exploration and associate academic director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

James is a painter, photographer, and graphic designer whose work is an imaginative exploration into many topics of the beauty and sublimity of Blackness through the scope of Afro-surrealism and Afro-futurism. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he came to Athens in January 2020. This conversation will focus on ways to create equitable opportunities to build meaningful relationships between marginalized creatives and the art world’s gatekeepers in Athens.

Creature Comforts launched its Artist-in-Residence program in the summer of 2020 as part of its Get Artistic initiative. The three-month residency provides an Athens-based artist with access to workspace and materials, as well as a $5,000 stipend to support their work and to cover the full tuition of an artist-focused certificate program prior to the start of the residency.

This event is part of the university’s Spotlight on the Arts festival. More information on the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (

Fostering Creativity: Arts + Wellness

Fostering Creativity: Arts + Wellness
Friday, September 10 at noon
Main Art Building Outdoor Courtyard

At this interactive conversation, Elizabeth Boyce will be sharing her research on mind and body wellness and the path she took to deepening her own creative practice through self-healing. Come learn more about these practices, engage in experiential activities, and connect with other humans!

Idea Lab Conversation: April Parker

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with April Parker
Friday, April 16 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join April Parker, Arts Administrator in Residence at Elsewhere, a museum and artist residency set in a 3-floor former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is an activist, community leader, and a Creative Catalyst Fellow in partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

April Parker (she/her) was Elsewhere’s inaugural Creative Catalyst fellow is now embedded in the administration of the organization as an Arts Administrator In Residence. She is a cultural worker and architect of black spaces using public scholarship, radical librarianship, performance art, and direct action. As a community organizer and archivist April centers the lives, histories, legacies, resiliency, and magic of queer and trans-Black people; while working exhaustively at the intersections of social justice movements to create opportunities for institutional accountability, intergenerational relationship building and creative expressions of resistance. April is a black queer femme, a revolutionary mama, and a twin. Her heart work of grassroots organizing emphasizes the liberation and prosperity of Black folks. Parker drives movements forward, agitating public discourse to address systemic oppression and institutional racism to uplift Blackness.

Since 2011 April’s been at the forefront and front lines in Greensboro, serving as a founding member of Black Lives Matter Gate City, Trans Kindred Emergency Fund & Trans Reparations Project, NC Queer TROUBLMakers, Queer People of Color Collective of the Triad (QPOCC) as well as the Anti-Racist White Folks and Bayard Rustin Center LGBTQ Symposium.

April’s organizing credits include Juneteenth Jamboree, Black Power Town Hall, Black Girls, and Women Matter Town Hall, #SayHerName Defend Black Womanhood, Midnight March, Black Minds Matter Rally and Raised in the Revolution Youth Summit. She served as a Greensboro Delegate to the NC Black Women’s Roundtable Leadership Council as well as Working Group Strategic Facilitator for Democracy Greensboro. During which she co-authored a progressive political platform to push campaigning city councilors toward antiracism.

As a surveyor of landscapes, both socioeconomic and political, she created “intersectionality in action” workshops and intergenerational support groups, centering the lived experience of trans and queer people of color. She holds a B. A. in sociology from Kean University and an M.L.I.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Idea Lab Conversation: Montu Miller

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Montu Miller
Friday, March 26 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Montu Miller, ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment Chief-Operating-Officer and Hip-Hop Advocate. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

ATHfactor-Liberty Entertainment

First Tuesday Performances

Tweed Recordings Live from Studio B

Coming soon: Classic City Wax Vol. 2 and Now Is the Time compilations on vinyl!

Idea Lab Conversation: Alden DiCamillo

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Alden DiCamillo
Wednesday, March 17 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Alden DiCamillo, UGA MFA, queer (demiboi) artist, poet, arts writer, and mutual aid organizer through Athens Mutual Aid Network and an independent arts space called @l_.emon_drop. Free and open to the public via Zoom.


Asian Americans Advancing Justice

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (ATL chapter)