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Entries from December 2018

Poetry, Art and Community Justice

December 24th, 2018 · Comments

In Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, we meet poet Aja Monet, legal justice advocates Meena Jagannath and Alayah Glenn, and artist Eddie Arroyo to talk about how art and poetry are giving voice to urban communities fractured by gentrification.

Arroyo's paintings reference photographs he takes to capture the character of vanishing cultural landmarks. Monet is founder of Smoke Signals Studio, a music space that's become a transformative gathering place in Little Haiti. Jagannath and Glenn are two of the activists that run the local Community Justice Project, a young grassroots initiative focused on addressing issues ranging from women’s and immigrant rights, to race and economic justice.

These individuals represent the growing momentum of civic engagement across the United States. In the ways they animate their vision for Miami's possible future, we see infinite potential for creative interventionists to empower disenfranchised communities around the world.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Special Audio: Arsimmer McCoy Early

Related episodes: Cultural Complexity in Little HaitiWhere Art Meets ActivismThe Art of CapitalismAndrea Bowers on Environmental ActivismMarinella Senatore on Modern LifeTania Bruguera on Art ActivismMaria Alyokhina on Political Art

Related Links: Smoke Signals StudioCommunity Justice ProjectDream DefendersMaroon Poetry FestivalEddie Arroyo

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Joyce J. Scott on Craft in Contemporary Art

December 17th, 2018 · Comments

Artist Joyce J. Scott is a legend—among the first to reposition craft as social commentary. In 2016, a MacArthur Genius award recognized her vital creative force. For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Peter Blum Gallery presented rarely seen early works that reveal how the artist has always delved into the extremes of human nature—from humor to horror, and beauty to brutality. In her fusion of craft aesthetics and contemporary sculpture, performance art and cultural critique, Scott weaves a deep sense of humanity into complex conversations of our time.

The first conversation we recorded with Joyce J. Scott in Baltimore, Maryland, became Fresh Art International's premiere episode, released on October 12, 2011. Re-releasing the segment is an opportunity to reflect—on the lasting value of Scott’s work and continued relevance of this podcast.

Original Sound Editor: Ira Kip, 2011 | Post Production Editor: Matt Hodapp, 2018 | Music: Joyce Scott

Related Episodes: Radio Show Miami Premiere 2016, Franklin Sirmans on Prospect New OrleansProspect.4 New Orleans

Related Links: Goya ContemporaryMacArthur Genius AwardPeter Blum Gallery

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