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Sista Creatives Rising Presents: Art & Mind - I Know Who I Am! Journeys of Women of Color & Femme-Expressing Creatives
Thursday from 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
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Those who sign up for this event will be added to our newsletter for updates! —ATTENDANCE NOTE: The event starts at 6:30 PM EST via Zoom, however we ask attendees to come into the waiting room at 6:15 PM EST so we can start on time! —ACCESSIBILITY This event includes open captioning, auto-captioning and ASL by Pro-Bono ASL. All videos contain Self IDs and artwork descriptions. —-CONTENT WARNING: This event, while coming from a space of healing and optimism, will discuss experiences with medical trauma, trauma, mental illness, body image, suicide and climate disaster. Some artworks contain nudity. —-FREE RESOURCES: After the event, attendees will receive a free mental health resource document with advice written by our therapist speakers, and a link to our virtual 3D gallery hosted by KunstMatrix. The gallery will include alt text, artwork descriptions and closed captioning.
"Art & Mind," is a virtual Zoom disability-accessible film event series supporting creative marginalized women and marginalized genders to share their journeys. This event uses short films, documentaries, entrepreneur features, and speaking engagements from professionals such as therapists and activists to raise awareness about social issues these creatives face.
With this project, we are fundraising for the Sistas Uprising Fund, where 100% of proceeds will become grants for BIWOC & Femme-Expressing Creatives of Color. We hope to raise 1K to distribute five $200 grants.
Sista Creatives Rising (SCR) is a project and concept founded by Black, invisibly disabled mother-daughter duo Claire Jones (age 60) and Amaranthia Sepia (age 23). Together, under SCR they develop disability-accessible events focused on marginalized women and marginalized genders called "Art & Mind." We are a grassroots project, not an organization or non-profit.
SCR seeks to strengthen our community by increasing the visibility of these artists and providing them with affordable and accessible resources. At the same time, we're working to address the lack of payment artists receive when accepted by open calls. One way we're doing this is by developing our Sistas Uprising Fund.
Art by Amaranthia Sepia & Nabila Nugroho (MaquireMQR)
"I Know Who I Am!" is a showcase of women of color and femme-expressing folks of color finding solace and healing in art. Our five chosen artists, Haisi Hu, Kaiana Hernandez, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Tennesha Skyers, and SabiLewSounds, will discuss their lived experience with subjects around race, gender, disability, mental health, immigration and more, and how art serves as a healing tool for them. Artworks and videos will also be available after the event on virtual interactive gallery platform, Kunstmatrix.com and our YouTube Channel, Art & Mind Series.
Art by Amaranthia Sepia & Linlin Yu
“Get Ahead of Life Before Life Gets Ahead of You,” delves into Sista Creatives Rising’s co-creator, Claire Jones, and her 2022 cancer journey. Black women have been forced into living within the strong and resilient stereotype and burdened with the idea that we must nurture others without putting our needs and mental health first. Claire believes this stressor manifested as a spinal tumor. Claire faces her trauma by navigating physical and occupational therapy to be one of the 1% that can walk again after high-risk spinal surgery.
This showcase reflects how stereotypes, misogynoir, and expectations placed on Black women of the diaspora can manifest as health crises. It will highlight the fear several Black women have of American healthcare.
FEATURING A PLETHORA OF ART:
- ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY AUSTRALIAN DISABILITY ACTIVIST MEL CHILIANIS
- CLAIRE'S ORIGINAL SPOKEN WORD POEMS PAIRED WITH PERFORMANCE ART
- VISUAL NARRATIVES AND INTERVIEWS BETWEEN CLAIRE & HER DAUGHTER, CO-CREATOR AMARANTHIA SEPIA
The event will focus on disability, health disparities amongst BIWOC & femmes of color, and the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on disabled, immunocompromised and chronically ill folks of color. We are disabled and immunocompromised ourselves. As a result, we are still masking, and "Still COVIDing." See our "Black & Still COVIDing" Story Project
Our show will also include talks from Black activists - immunocompromised COVID Conscious Therapist Speaker Amanda McGuire, MC and Therapist Journee LaFond, Disability Speaker Jacquese Armstrong and a feature showcasing our art direction team.