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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: 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)

Idea Lab Conversation: Carmon Colangelo

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Carmon Colangelo
Wednesday, March 10 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Carmon Colangelo, artist, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and founding director of Ideas for Creative Exploration. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

Carmon Colangelo portfolio

Socially Engaged Practice at Sam Fox School

Idea Lab Conversation: Andrew Salinas

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Andrew Salinas
Wednesday, February 24 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Andrew Salinas, Chair of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, a group that advises the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government on cultural affairs and aesthetic development of the built environment. Free and open to the public via Zoom.


Athens Cultural Affairs Commission

Arts In Community Resilience Award

Public Art Master Plan

Idea Lab Conversation: Stephanie Raines

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Stephanie Raines
Friday, February 19 at 1 PM

How can organizations and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Stephanie Raines, artist advocate, independent curator, and Arts Division Administrator of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. Free and open to the public via Zoom.


Cities, Museums and Soft Power
By Gail Dexter Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg

Making Your Life as an Artist
By Andrew Simonet

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Arts Programs

Alliance of Artist Communities: jobs, residencies & event info

Joan Mitchell Foundation: Legacy planning for artists

Springboard for the Arts: great downloadable resources

AS220: practice//practice professional development for arts administrators

VoCA Network: Interdisciplinary programming on contemporary art

Lecture: Silas Munro

Lecture: Silas Munro
Wednesday, November 11 at 3 PM

Event recording:

W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

Silas Munro is a partner of Polymode design studio, an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In the past year he emerged as one of the most exciting practitioners of community-engaged design and as an influential scholar known for his contributions to W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America published by Princeton Architectural Press. The project has been featured in articles in Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, and Black Perspectives (African American Intellectual History Society).

Munro’s scholarly research addresses the relationship between designers’ personal identities, formal systems and strategies they utilize, and how both interact with the communities they serve. In workshops and lectures he addresses post-colonial relationships between design and marginalized communities and offers practical ways for educators and practitioners to decolonize the way design is taught (“Major/Minor History”) and to create inclusive new frameworks (“Nodal Historical Network”). His design work and writing has been published in books, exhibitions, and websites in Germany, Japan, Korea, the US, and the UK including Chronicle Books, IDEA magazine, Eye, and Slanted magazine.

He earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He has been a critic and lecturer at leading programs including Yale School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, NC State, RISD, and CalArts. His design studio, poly-mode, works with cultural institutions and community based organizations including MoMA, The Phillips Collection, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Walker Art Center, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, The New Museum, Wynwood Arts District Miami, and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Cultural Affairs.

Remote presentation and conversation hosted by Ideas for Creative Exploration with the support of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.


Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design

Elephant magazine “The Age of Black Fabulosity: The Queer Publications of the Harlem Renaissance”

Eye magazine “‘As, not for’: The critique goes on”

New Yorker magazine “Who Isn’t a Sucker for a Foldout?”

AIGA “Typography as a Radical Act in an Industry Ever-Dominated by White Men”

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits book

Ramon Tejada Decolonizing Design Reader

Data 4 Black Lives

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