Reclamation Presented by The Black Transformative Arts NetworkMonday, June 22, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Reclamation, is a poetic exploration of the multifacetedness of Black womanhood through I Medina’s eyes, heart, mind and lived experiences. I Medina will perform poems about how she sees herself and her own tenderness, the collective body of Black women and the Black women who raised and mentored her.
Streamed on The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh channel. (run-time 35 minutes)
This set is dedicated to the amazing Black woman, author and visionary, Octavia Butler, who’s birthday is June 22nd, and her mother, Shirley jackson, who gave her her first journal when she was 9 years old.
I Medina is a poet, spoken word and Hip Hop artist, writer, mama and community educator. Her second album, Minimalist Mob Music: A Spoken Word Hip Hop Hybrid, will be available for download in 2021. In addition to being an artist, I Medina, professionally known as Medina Jackson, MSW, is the Director of Engagement for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development’s P.R.I.D.E. Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education…learn more at racepride.pitt.edu), is an equity consultant for the Shifting Power in Educational Research and Development Initiative, 2018 Pittsburgh 40 Under 40 honoree, a budding yogi and vegan home cooking enthusiast. Originally from South Berkeley, CA, she came to Pittsburgh to obtain her Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work (Community Organization and Social Administration) and has been committed to this city ever since. You can find her on Facebook (Medina Jackson) or email email@example.com for booking inquiries.
The Black Transformative Arts Network (BTAN) is a growing community of Black teaching artists, caregivers and arts influencers that engages in programming and community arts education centering the needs and voices of Black children. BTAN is a reiteration of the 8 year work of the Heinz Transformative Arts Process. This group, led by I Medina Jackson of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development’s P.R.I.D.E. Program (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education), Sister IAsia Thomas of the Children’s Window to Africa, and Taliya Allen of CoCoHaus Creative Solutions with the support of Justin Laing of Hillombo, LLC, addresses the goals of uniting Africana Children, increasing the visibility of Africana Arts and Arts Educators in Pittsburgh, healing and building Africana knowledge, power and networks for participants and community. To keep up with BTAN, you can find them on Facebook under the Black Transformative Arts Network or email TAP.firstname.lastname@example.org