Hello. We're excited to announce our next "Can We Talk" conversation, and we hope that you will consider joining us for what's going to be an incredible evening.

We've partnered with GableStage to conduct this open dialogue on Oct. 18 at 7 pm directly after their performance of the play How I Learned What I Learned By August Wilson. Tickets for the play can be purchased using the QR code below or by clicking on the flyer. Get your tickets early.

About the Play:

In this autobiographical tour de force, the late Pulitzer Prize-winner takes audiences on a life-changing voyage from being a young poet in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to his encounters with racism, music, love and transformative friendships. Starring Miami’s own Melvin Huffnagle and directed by Carey Brianna Hart, August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned charts one man’s journey of self-discovery and what it means to be a black artist in America.

About the Panelists:

Moderated by yours truly, this panel will include two artists, Arsimmer McCoy and Brandon Clarke.

Arsimmer McCoy is an interdisciplinary poet merging language into archive, performance, audio/visual sculpture, and education, into a conduit for advocacy. For McCoy, poetry is a vast foundation and operates as an active agent towards creation. Her poems have been published in Venice Magazine, The Lighthouse Review, RootWork journal, and several others. Commissioned work includes the poem “Ode”, written for the Bakehouse Artist Complex mural with art by Chris Friday, “HOW TO: Oh, Look at me”, an art film Directed by Visual artist and sculptor GeoVanna Gonzalez, storytelling content for MAVEN leadership collective, and “You Can Always Come Home”, filmed by Emmy award-winner Juancy Matos, produced by Germane Barnes & Monica Sorelle, written and narrated by McCoy and painter Reginald O’Neal.

Brandon Clarke’s work aims to spark awareness and surprise in his viewers in order to encounter a fundamental question: “Who are you, really?” The main concept of Clarke’s art explores all the dimensions of the traditional canvas structure itself, with the intent to expose many hidden messages of self-worth and identity. In addition, Clarke’s technique and material choices express literal and metaphorical characteristics on the canvas to imply the question, “Who are we really within the framework of our lives?” 

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