Wednesday Lemonade

June 10, 2020

Welcome back to Wednesday Lemonade, a community newsletter focused on keeping VCCA Fellows, staff, and supporters connected.

There's a lot to pay attention to and act on these days, so we're keeping this issue brief with a virtual event invitation, a fully-funded fellowship opportunity for visual artists, and another call to work together to determine what roles artists can play in a world demanding change.

Plus, a note of appreciation from former Resident Director David Garratt to those who submitted words of thanks and farewell upon his VCCA departure: "Barbara and I are grateful for all the heartfelt messages and good wishes received from VCCA Fellows. Thank you!"
virtual event
VCCA Fireplace Series: Carlos Sirah and Felicia van Bork
Tomorrow, Thursday, June 11 , brings another virtual event in the VCCA Fireplace Series. We're grateful to be joined by writer and performer Carlos Sirah and visual artist Felicia van Bork , bo th of whom will share recent work with us.

Sirah's debut work, The High Alive: An Epic Hoodoo Diptych , is published by The 3rd Thing Press . The High Alive was released in late winter, but is receiving a modified roll-out due to the g lobal pandemic.

Over 100 of van Bork’s recent paintings and collages are included in the 2020 exhibition "NC Women Abstract Painters" at GreenHill , which is closed to the public during the pandemic.

This week, there are two ways to watch the live event. You can tune in either on Facebook or on YouTube . The live streams will be begin at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Our host, writer and Fellows Council member David Ebenbach , will be facilitating questions. You can post real-time questions in the comments on Facebook or YouTube.
call for applications
Wachtmeister Award
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Wachtmeister Award . The application deadline is Sept. 15, 2020. There is no application fee.

For the 2021 award, one established visual artist working in any discipline or in a cross- disciplinary way who has not had a previous VCCA residency will receive: a fully-funded fellowship of up to 30 days (between July 1, 2021 and January 31, 2023 ) at VCCA’s Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, VA; an honorarium of $1,000; and reimbursed travel expenses of up to $750.
Please share this opportunity widely with prominent visual artists who you think would benefit from uninterrupted time and space at VCCA. VCCA encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply.
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Second Line: Finding a Way Through Grief
We've created a  new topic page in Virtual VCCA  that we invite you to use as a focused forum for grappling with the overabundance of grief in our wounded country. We invite your words, your art, your music, your recommendations, your calls to action, and more. Let's grieve together, rage together, learn together, and most important, work together.
Here's a glimpse at some of what's been shared so far:

Online Event: Let's Talk Activism: Black Lives Matter

Books, Novels, Short Stories, Poems:
  • "When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving" by Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • "The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family" by Sylvia A. Harvey
  • "Stamped from the Beginning" by Ibram X. Kendi
  • "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" by Layla F Saad
  • "In the Castle of My Skin" by George Lamming
  • "In Darkness and Confusion" and "Like a Winding Sheet" by Ann Petry
  • "Palmalysis" by Aaron Levy Samuels
  • "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji

Listening Recommendation:
  • "Policing Black Lives" by Robyn Maynard, audiobook read by Marcia Johnson
  • "Freedom Suite" album by Sonny Rollins
  • "We Insist!" album by Max Roach
  • "Free for All" album by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers

If you're not already a member of Virtual VCCA, powered by Mighty Networks, you can  use this link to join .
🧡 Stay safe, and be well.
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