What’s the story Michael?
Well you see, I decided to study Architecture and spent 6 years doing that in Charlotte, but I’m from Philly! After graduating, I think I graduated to a job in a 4thfloor walk up with no heat. After that exploded/imploded/whatever, it was off to Switzerland, sort of. Then a partnership & now I’m Bugs Bunny’s replacement. Did I mention my band used to open for R.E.M. at the Milestone.
As the second Roll Up CLT Artist in Resident, $han Wallace is learning lessons and teaching lessons everyday. “It don’t come easy these days and it’s critical to be resilient.”
Inspired by the life’s work of visual poet & filmmaker Gordon Parks, Shan teaches her students to merge the fundamentals of photo/video image making with journalistic writing skills to enable them to clearly articulate what it means right now to be Black in the U.S.A.
The approach Susan Jedrzejewski takes to explaining “Art Making” is also a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Especially given her inherent understanding of the lives and talents of creative thinkers in every profession…, occupation…, and vocation!
Zun Lee encourages thinking about community + belonging uncovering stories of identity and connection, amidst the sociopolitical dynamic of black dispossession due to debilitating dislocation patterns, in everyday black lives, worthy of respect, “Seeing ourselves, as we are.”
Content marketing keynote speaker and founder of Story Fuel, Melanie Deziel loves her flawless reds a little glossy and her decaf black. This classic combination of flawless attention to details, with the unerring determination to help others to tell their story better, has catapulted Melanie into the upper stratosphere of “Native” advertising’s meteoric rise to prominence, within the highly enigmatic advertising industry.
Rachel Proffit creates flawless relaxation for her ideal client by listening to their body, in order to reach the level of envious calm. Her, in the moment connection, is the key to providing a peaceful, tranquil, not a care in the world massage.
Marcia Jones’ oldest desire is to know what “secure belonging” feels like, by breaking with her family’s generational cycles, by creating large scale dark charcoal art forms in public performances, in order to share her practice of confronting the triple darkness of space.