We are pleased to present a schedule of presentations by special guest artists:
10 AM – Wikipedia tutorial (Want a head start? Check out these tutorials.)
11:15 AM – Artist presentation: Tabernacle of Immaculate Perception with Bekezela Mguni and Joy KMT
12:20 PM – Lunch – Artist presentation: Sabreen Kadhim, City of Asylum, Visiting Artist in Residence
1:15 PM – Artist presentation: Christiane D
1:30 PM – Wikipedia tutorial
BEKEZELA MGUNI is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She believes that the collective sharing of knowledge, beauty and inspiration is a part of life’s purpose and brings that intentional spirit to her work. She collaborates with various artists, educators, healers and activists on work that seeks to create new worlds. Mguni holds a Masters in Library and Information Science and was blessed to participate in the first Librarians and Archivists to Palestine delegation in June of 2013. Most recently she completed a micro-residency at the Pittsburgh creative hub Boom Concepts, launched the Pgh POC Zine Distro and was featured in the Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts exhibition in the winter of 2015. She is a Penn Ave Creative fellow with the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and will be examining the relationship between literacy and liberation in her March 2016 residency. She will be working to create spaces that center and honor the cultural contributions and storytelling of Black women through the Black Unicorn Project, a Black, queer, feminist library and archive. She is interested in Black joy, resistance, legacy and possibilities. Learn more about her new reading room project at KST’s Alloy Studios here.
JOY KMT is a self-taught&queer&black&femme&hood&poet&mother&lover&. She works from the possibility of the personal to be collectively transformational. Her work often blends the magical with the reality of living at the crossroads of multiplicities. She is the producer of Her Voice: The Stories, Tales and Myths of Women of Color which premiered in the Sunstar Music Festival and Testify: A Black Womanhood Series. Her poetry has appeared in Check The Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Emcees and Poets, Amistad: Howard’s Literary Journal, Black Girl Dangerous, Blood Lotus, an Online Literary Journal, Backbone Poetry Journal, The Feminist Wire, Pluck! the Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture, Fledgling Rag, Near Kin: Words and Art inspired by Octavia Butler, JoINT Literary Magazine and Blackberry: A Magazine, Nepantla Adrienne and Sugared Water.
SABREEN KADHIM is an emerging poet and journalist from Baghdad, Iraq. She believes in promoting peaceful coexistence in Iraq and other countries suffering from ethnic, religious, and sectarian conflicts. She cooperates with artists and academics in inspirational projects to help create a better world free of threats, abuse, and killing. Kadhim has a Political Science bachelors degree from Baghdad University. In 2011 she was a winner of the 3rd UNESCO Poetry Contest. She has volunteered in awareness campaigns and initiatives that encourage law enforcement and promote a national affiliation to strong government. She participated in establishing the “I am Iraqi, I read” project in 2012 in Baghdad that focuses on improving public reading. In 2014 she initiated “a book in a lady’s purse” project to encourage women to read in the Middle East. As an activist she has worked to support Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Children’s Rights. She also initiated multiple activities in Iraq to support and help citizens and emigrants in need.
CHRISTIANE D is Christiane Dolores (Christiane Leach), a multi-platform Pittsburgh artistic force who for 20 years has fused the visual, spoken, performance and visual arts in an unending compendium of sounds, forms, shapes and words that represent her unique worldview and experience of living in it. In her role as Artist Relations Manager she spends time in-person, on the phone, through social media, and through email providing extensive advice and connecting artists with resources and networks. She provides counsel, coaching, consoling, networking, grant writing assistance, and more to all artists with an intentional eye to serving artists of color, women artists, and artists with disabilities who have traditionally not received as much support.