BB Sessions: The Growth Collective: Positively Black Community Screen Printing
BB Sessions: The Growth Collective, is an hour and a half workshop dedicated to the development and sustainability of mental, physical, and spiritual health for communities of color. We are committed to building the mental health of black and brown youth, through community gathering and discussion.
BB Sessions presents: Positively Black Community Screen-printing
This first workshop collaboration with the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange & BB Sessions will allow Baltimore community members to come into the MICA community and make use of its facilities. BB Sessions with the help of guest artists will host a class on screen printing, allowing participants to leave with new or enhanced skills. Within this session everyone is welcome, but there will be a focus on the power of printing Black/POC positive messages. Guests can bring their own material to print on.
While this workshop will be mainly craft oriented, we will still encourage discussion and dialogue between one another surrounding issues we're still facing as people of color in the city of Baltimore.
Guest Artist: Markele Cullins
Ubuntu: hospitable, welcoming, warm, generous, willing to share. Those who possess Ubuntu are willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, do not feel threatened by their neighbor, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from the understanding that they are a part of a greater whole. They understand that they are diminished when others are humiliated, when others are oppressed, and when others are treated as less than they are. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge as human, despite all efforts to dehumanize them. BB Sessions: The Growth Collective, is an hour and a half workshop dedicated to the development and sustainability of mental, physical, and spiritual health for communities of color. We are committed to building the mental health of black and brown youth, through community gathering and discussion. The workshops will allow all to participate in, and utilize Station North spaces, for strength building, creative expression, and intimate conversation. Participants learn about symptoms, crisis response, and active listening skills to support: Artistic exploration Sexual & gender identity Depression and anxiety Trauma Active listening, communication and relationship-building skills. Workshops will feature artists, poets, mental health professionals, and self-defense teachers from the Baltimore area.
Markele Cullins, is an artist, curator, and organizer born and based in Baltimore, MD. His work focuses on Blackness, Queerness, spirituality and traditions. Cullins spoke at Baltimore Pride 2015, Baltimore Bridging Gaps, and The Creative Time Summit. He displayed works at Haystack School of Crafts, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, The Peale Museum he curated shows at the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower, Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, The Peale Museum and more. In January 2016, he co-founded an online gallery titled '4c Gallery' primarily focusing on creating accessible galleries to showcase the work of young people of color. Currently, Cullins is working at Career Communications Group, Inc specializing in graphic design, inbound marketing, video production, and social media optimization.
Akea Brown was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Humanistic Studies with a minor in Sustainability and Social Practice, at Maryland Institute College of Art. Akea works with photographic media and digital video to confront issues pertaining to social justice, race, gender, and sustainability.
Lynn Hunter is a Baltimore native and recent graduate with a BFA in Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her photography and performance art, driven by a passionate awareness for social politics, black womanhood, and mental well being, speaks to a pervasive conversation on race and minority perception in America. Lynn’s presence as a local artist has grown out of a commitment to her Baltimore community. Since an early arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts, she has made photographs for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, the University of Baltimore, MICA, and several other local businesses and institutions. She has shown at local creative centers like the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Baltimore Clayworks, Gallery CA, and the Oak Hill Center for Culture and Education; accompanied by several online publications and exhibitions. Lynn recently fulfilled a fellowship at the renowned Aperture Foundation in New York City. Currently as a co-founder of BB Sessions she focuses on facilitating community events/workshops that empower Black city youth.