Posts Tagged ‘Ed Mickens’

  • The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts Festival

    Feb 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Gallery, Event, Moving Arts, MusicComments Off on The Beauty of Blackness: The Black Arts FestivalRead More »

    By Ed Mickens     Think cultural life in Prescott comes in only one color? Think again. A full-day celebration on Sunday, February 24, will highlight and explore some of the richly creative expressions of being black, here in the Prescott area and around the world. There will be music, dance, theatre, photography and poetry. Presentations on the history of African-American art, and on the role art has played in healing within the community. There will be a table for children to practice the painting of traditional images and symbols. There will be jewelry and handcrafted dashikis, as well as a look at the more distinctly modern, urban artform of skating.      The opening ceremony at 11am should set the tone memorably: a welcome and intention by Mama Charlotte, the American-born poet, musician and activist who has lived the past four decades in Tanzania. And as the day approaches closing at 6pm, renowned gospel singer Nicosia Garrison will take the floor and rouse the spirit.      The Festival is presented by Prescott UMOJA (“Unity”), a growing, grass-roots network of black people in the greater Prescott area. “We didn’t want to limit ourselves by defining art forms, or how black people express themselves creatively,” says Brittini Ward, one of the Festival organizers. “We want to show that blackness isn’t binary—it’s across the board. And the message we want to

  • Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria Lynam

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Event, FeatureComments Off on Artist to Activist & Beyond: Maria LynamRead More »

    By Ed Mickens On January 19, when the Prescott Women’s March gathers for the third year in a row, it will carry a new, more inclusive name, Yavapai County Women March On, but it will still focus attention on the importance of equality, education, healthcare, environment and a thriving community. And in the crowd of women and men will be one of the stalwarts of progressive values in our area: Maria Lynam. Looking back at the first Women’s March in January 2017, Maria recalls, “After the 2016 election I was depressed, and I am not a depressive person, but I was in an emotionally and mentally lethargic state for a few months. Then I happened to see an invitation in the paper to show up at Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist congregation to make posters for a women’s march, so I went. I figured there would be ten or so people. There were 60!”   “Everyone brought their poster supplies, there was no room to work. I didn’t think I would really know anyone, but I seemed connected to everyone there–friends and their friends. That lit the fire under me. I made more than 20 posters for that march.” Maria and her husband, Bill Lynam, had retired to Prescott in 2000. She thought she would devote time to her art, especially her printmaking, and he wanted to focus more on writing

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