Our final Community Circle of the year is going to be incredible!
Join us for an intimate conversation with these amazing local artists, activists, creators. The topic is Joy, Art & Activism. We are reading "Why artists become activists; It's not only the election".
Our conversation will be facilitated as always by Courtney Napier. We hope you’ll join us at Rebus Works for an inspiring afternoon.
Free tickets (donations accepted) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-circle-by-afar-tickets-73691004779
Starting top row left: Mike Williams, Justin Cook, Tift Merritt, Victoria Scott-Miller
Mike Williams fosters community engagement through his work as a consultant and through the Black On Black Project, a nonprofit he founded that works with artists on exhibitions and events that unpack issues affecting the community. Williams spent 15 years in media at The News & Observer in Raleigh where, among several roles, he was the curator of ArtsNowNC and managing editor of the triangle.com and Triangle Today publications.
Justin Cook photographs communities living along the edges. He believes that the relationships that fuel his photographs foster a deliberate life, and that these relationships can create change. He is based in Durham, North Carolina, a scrappy city he fell in love with while in college, where he works with editorial and commercial clients locally and nationally. His work has been honored by The Magenta Foundation, Photolucida, POYi, The Society of Professional Journalists, American Photography, and funded by The Puffin Foundation and The Durham Arts Council. When he is not making photographs, you can find him reading about astrophysics, collecting fossilized shark teeth, and writing in the first person.
Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native and Grammy-nominated musician who wanted to write short stories until her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs. Stitch of the World, her most recent collection, is her sixth studio album. Merritt also has recorded with classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and sings in Andrew Bird’s old-time band.
Victoria Scott-Miller is the founder and owner of The Liberation Station, a pop-up Black children's bookstore. She describes the meaning and inspiration for The Liberation Station as follows:
"Our sons Langston and Emerson, strengthen our love and connection to community everyday. Our bookstore was created as an act of rebellion against the illusions society would try to impose on their gifts, creativity, and strength. We wanted to show all children of color that they are not one dimensional and can exist in all spaces. Whether we are reading, The People Who Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton or reciting poetry from Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of ‘Poetry with a Beat’ by Nikki Giovanni; we recognize the elevated confidence to show up in the world when their liberation and arrival of power is directly attached to the representation in the books that we introduced. We open ourselves up to cultivate the same safe space for other children because Liberation’s Station is 'A bookstore for a child like you.'"