QUEER BLACK ART AESTHETIC
Identity is a buzzword right now. But what does that mean for artists? This crossover event between Queer Home and Black on Black V3 asks queer Black artists how they are navigating these spaces as they create and share work, write about themselves and think about their roles as artists and people. There will be a panel discussion and a workshop for artists to work and workshop together. *This event is open to all and will center on LGBTQ Black artists.*
Lynda D. Edwards
Ms. Lynda D. Edwards, visual artist, is a native of North Carolina and comes from a long line of teachers and preachers. Edwards served the state of North Carolina as an appointee to the North Carolina Arts Council. Today she serves the Oxford Community as a member of the Planning Board – a position held since 2012 and North Carolina as a member of the advisory board for the NC African American Cultural Celebration at the NC Museum of History. Ms. Edwards is also writing and lecturing on the nexus between the arts and social injustice advocacy. Her special emphasis is on equality for women, special needs people and members of the LGBTQA community. She advocates for the necessity of keeping the arts in public education as an arts education consultant. Ms. Edwards is the creator of the North Carolina Museum of African American History – an online museum space dedicated to decolonizing history.
Thaddaeus is a founding member of New Traditions Theatre. Credits include The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, Middletown, The Brothers Size, Best of Enemies, Spirits to Enforce (Manbites Dog); The Art Center’s Fifth Annual Ten by Ten in the Triangle Play Festival. Thaddaeus is an ensemble member of both hands theatre where his credits include the parent project and @ liberty.
Shirlette Ammons is an award-winning poet and musician whose body of work includes two collections of poetry, three studio albums, numerous collaborations, and international tours throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Shirlette’s 2016 album Language Barrier, features guest appearances by Meshell Ndegeocello, The Indigo Girls, Amelia Meath and others. Her music has recently been featured in Vans Shoes’ “Truth X Vans” digital campaign. In 2016, she co-founded SugarQube Records with her twin sister, Shorlette. Shirlette is currently working on her fourth studio album.
Shirlette is also a producer for Markay Media, the production team behind Emmy and Peabody Award-winning docuseries A CHEF’S LIFE. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and an alum of the Next Level Program an international hip hop diplomacy program of the U.S. Embassy and UNC Music Department where she taught hip hop lyricism in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia as well as a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, amongst other honors.
Shirlette resides in Durham, North Carolina with her partner Laura and their cat, Fiddle.