As I've been focusing on my goal this year of being present, taking the leap, and not giving up, I decided to try my hand at curating my first collaborative exhibit with another artist named Jona Mone't. Being both members of The Sanctuaries, I thought it would be a good idea to not only challenge myself by collaborating (something I've never done to this extent), but gain more exposure in curating artistic events.
So far, this has been a great learning experience. Contacting organizations and galleries, writing exhibit proposals, sharpening artist intentions and statements, figuring out what to do and not to do in the future, etc. I like the feeling of cultivating great experiences and working with talent artists. I also love the fact that I've spent most of my time at home planning and creating/painting. It's been very fulfilling and somewhat therapeutic. I could definitely do this as a lifestyle.
So I'm super excited for "The Collection" exhibit! More information below:
‘The Collection’ exhibit will highlight the need of curated civic engagement in artistic avenues in effort to promote collective thinking and conversation. This experience will incorporate music and art to portray a visual journey for all. It will be a collaborative visual album series that fuses music and art and represents the artists’ interpretations of songs, similar to that of a mixtape and visual journey. Paintings will range from small to large size and represent specific songs from a selection of soul, R&B, hip hop, and alternative genres.
Jona Mone’t and I will present a visual journey through music. We will be challenging the modern day perception of music by exploring the concept of each song through surrealism and abstract work. Each piece will evoke its own thoughts and emotions in connection with the music and its audience. In doing so, more diverse conversations will be sparked, inspiring an engaged community.
We will be participating in The Most Known Unknown Podcast, an online series that features a lively trip of DC-Metro area millennials who discuss their opinions on pop culture, social media, and local issues, for their monthly happy hour event on March 3rd, from 6-10pm at Smith’s Public Trust. As the featured painters, Jona Mone't and I will be performing a live collaborative painting. This will be a great opportunity to partner with another organization that promotes dialogue and collaboration with local talent to build strong relationships and positive interactions within the community. During this event, we will be painting a collaborative piece that will be our final piece and sneak peek for “The Collective” exhibit the following Friday, March 10th. RSVP!
Hope you all can make it and experience the good vibes! We've been working super hard and will give you all a great exhibit :)