In-Dialogue series Presented by the #notwhite collectiveMonday, November 8, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The #notwhite collective in-Dialogue series features conversations with BIPOC, AALANA, indigenous and immigrant artists and arts administrators.
The series reimagines the past and present history of the arts sector by engaging and presenting the wealth of experience, strategies, and tactics of the global majority, notwhite descendants, inheritors of colonialism, indigenous and immigrants who navigate a predominantly white arts sector.
Series goal is to celebrate and recognize arts and cultural workers, especially those who tend to be under the radar and forgotten about. Speakers represent the Greater Western Pennsylvania region as well as National Leaders in the Arts.
November’s session features two amazing leaders:
6pm: Jasmine Cho — artist, cookie activist, and author of the children’s book, “Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Made History.”
7 pm: Chris Ivey — Pittsburgh based documentary filmmaker. Creator of film “East of Liberty,” and others.
Jasmine Cho: Jasmine M. Cho is a Pittsburgh-based artist, author, and cookie activist most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Her work has been featured internationally on various media outlets that include NPR, HuffPost, CBS This Morning, and The Korea Daily. A TEDx speaker and Food Network Champion, Jasmine hopes to use her platform to expand the frontiers of research-based bake therapy and make the kitchen a more accessible and empowering space for creativity and healing.
Chris Ivey: Chris Ivey is an award-winning commercial director who is best known internationally for his documentary series East of Liberty. The series has chronicled race, class and gentrification issues in Pittsburgh, for over a decade. The East of Liberty series is a historical document and the only interactive documentation project in recent Pittsburgh history. Chris’s work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered: Going There in Pittsburgh segment about the unaddressed impacts of urban renewal and gentrification on the city’s Black community. Besides new work, The Promised Land Will Be Green, created in collaboration with Tara Fay Green at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Chris is currently at work on Youth Rising, a film that interweaves the experiences of youth in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans and Philadelphia with additional related footage of youth in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This installment in his East of Liberty series of the series presents the voices of young people on topics including teen pregnancy, gangs, and the prospects for their futures. Chris also continues to work on his ongoing video immersive installation We Are Here tackling globally civil rights issues through personal narratives. The installation premiered May 2018 at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA and features interviews from Pittsburgh, Cape Town, Johannesburg, New Orleans and Charlottesville and London. Most recently We Are Here screened in Charlottesville, VA at the McGuffey Arts Center on the anniversary of the Alex Field attack during the United the Right rally. During that time, Chris hosted a community dialogue with Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother and President and Board Chair of the Heather Heyer Foundation. Chris Ivey’s recent clients include Duolingo, CUT, Bayer Healthcare and recent political ads for State Representatives Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato. Ivey is also a strong advocate of the Grenfell Tower community and survivors. Ivey together with others around the globe work to demand justice from Pittsburgh’s company Arconic that is responsible for the tower fire that killed 72 people but refuse to take responsibility. Justice 4 Grenfell!
About the #notwhite collective: The #notwhite collective is a group of 13 Women Artists whose mission is to use non-individualist, multi-disciplinary art to make our stories visible as we relate, connect and belong to the Global Majority.