African American Women Affecting the Arts in New Orleans
Four African American women will discuss what they think about the state of contemporary art(s) in New Orleans. This discussion will include consideration of the state of visual arts, music, literature, and the performing arts in this region. This conversation will also consider the politics of race, artistic agency, and artistic opportunity.The panel will be moderated by actor, director, and producer Lauren Turner. Panelists will include: Ladee Hubbard - (Author: The Talented Ribkins) Dr. Stella Jones - (Curator: The Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans) Margie Perez - (Performer - Latin/Afro Caribbean Music) Breanna Thompson - (Set Designer/Artist - Film and Television). Women and Movement is designed to collectively engage women scholars and artists from across the gulf south region to take part in discourse about place, performance and the social-political issues that transform their bodies, art, language, and greater community. The goal of the series is to create dialogue around the importance of place and community in the performative and socio-political dimension of their work. The series will provoke a deeper understanding of how place informs culture, activism, and community, and what women artists, researchers, and scholars are doing to perpetuate restorative community practices and/or complicate our perceptions of what is possible for women in this region and beyond. Women and movement instigates dialogue that honors gulf south women in the arts and politics and highlights the complexities of place and the region in their work, as well as, the communities of people from which they draw their inspiration.