URe:AD PRESS w/ SHARITA TOWNE
URe:AD (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora) Press is a print and media based collective by artists Sharita Towne and Shani Peters grounded in shared affinity for travel, the African Diaspora, Self-Determination, audio/visual media, and DIY printmaking strategies. URe:AD PRESS organizes creative exchange programs, and public workshops throughout the globe while printing and sharing messages of African Diasporic love and empowerment. Learn more at www.ureadpress.com.
THE BLACK SCHOOL w/ JOSEPH CUILLIER
The Black School is an experimental art school that will use socially engaged art and Black history to educate Black/PoC students and allies in becoming radical agents of social change by combining art making workshops, radical Black political theory, group discussions, and public projects that address community needs. The project will initiate a 9-week program at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, implementing a series of skill share workshops conducted by visiting artists, and culminate with a publication and a public program showcasing the students’ work. This is a developing project, stay tuned!
BLACK PRESIDENT'S DAY w/ AISHA COUSINS
On July 19th, 2009, while her 1st black president was in office, Aisha Cousins began wearing African president fabrics every day for one year. The fabrics were printed in Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, and Tanzania shortly after Obama’s election. Wearing black presidents on fabric has been popular in many African nations since the 1960′s when they gained independence and started electing black leaders. Aisha asked designers in her neighborhood, many of whom were African immigrants, to turn these fabrics into dresses. She then wore the Obama fabrics here in the US, until her friends and neighbors began to see them as normal. She did this as a metaphor for how people in the US would begin to see having a black president as normal over the year as well.
In 2011 Aisha teamed up with multi-media artist Shani Peters to create a new opportunity for women become Obama Skirt wearers. Through the partnership women have had the opportunity transform any fabric they choose into an Obama Skirt and have even learned to screen print their own Obama Skirts. More info at aishacousins.com and blackpresidentsday.blogspot.com