Vice-President and Artistic Director of Social Impact for the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is set to appear at the free, online event, Out From Under, on Saturday, February 27th at 12 p.m. Open to artists, students, and the general public alike, this joint venture of Barstow Community College and Arts Connection, the designated Arts Council of San Bernardino County, seeks to present a solution-seeking dialogue that explores the historical cultural exclusion of artists of color.
A noted arts activist and 2017 TED Global Fellow, “Bamuthi” is the inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice Initiative. In high demand for his creative approach to organizational design, brand development, and community mediation, he has been enlisted as a strategic partner or consultant for companies ranging from Coca Cola to Carnegie Hall. His TED talk on linking sport to freedom design among immigrant youth has been viewed more than 1 million times. He has lectured at more than 200 colleges, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford and Lehigh, among others.
The dialogue event, moderated by Writer-Producer-Artist, T. Faye Griffin, is the culmination of a series of Black History Month programming offered by Barstow Community College, under the direction of Eartha Johnson, Director of Guided Pathways, Equity, and Achievement. It also marks the conclusion of the art competition and exhibition, Out From Under: Uncovering the Unseen Genius of Black Artists in San Bernardino County.
Curated by Arts Connection Executive Director, Jennifer Kane and Griffin, “Out From Under” was created to challenge inequities experienced by underestimated Black artists who live, work and/or attend school in San Bernardino County, and offers a platform for the unseen and underrated to be recognized by, and represented in, the region’s arts and culture ecosystem. While open to all Black artists throughout San Bernardino County, artists in the High Desert region (Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville) were especially encouraged to submit. Awards will be presented in three categories: Best in Show, “The Next” – emerging artists with less than five years experience, and “The Now” – artists whose work thematically addresses social justice.
For more information, event registration, or view exhibition visit: outfromunder.online.