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SUMMIT: Talking With Strangers


Tuesday, March 19: Talking with Strangers
Three locations:

  1. The Carrack 11am-3pm

  2. Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe 11am-3pm

  3. VAE Raleigh from 2pm-6pm

Imagine if instead of checking out a book at a local library you could check out an artist and ask them for advice, listen to their personal experience of making art in our community, or just celebrate your successes and share your challenges together. Talking with Strangers is designed to let our community do just that. Guest artists of various disciplines and backgrounds will sit in three locations in the Triangle and talk to whoever comes to visit. The artists will facilitate conversations with attendees by providing a list of prompts and questions that they are willing to discuss with attendees. The prompts will include items about their identity,  cultural background, career challenges, and successes such as “How does your identity impact your art?”, “Is a successful career contingent on money or impact? How do you measure that?”, and “How do you choose whom and what you listen to?”

The guest artists include:

A.Yoni Jeffries, Afro-Indigenous singer-songwriter
Quayshaun Weston, rapper, graphic designer, and speaker
Jim Lee, visual artist
Trey Lynch, cultural organizer, and event curator
Faith Holsaert, writer, poet, and activist
Myra Weise, dancer, organizer, and curatorbkw


VAE’s annual summit brings together a diverse cross-section of the region’s creative community to listen, discuss, and collaborate around a timely theme. We want to challenge creative people to think about the impact their work has on communities, and to inspire and excite them to use their creative super powers for good!

This year’s summit is five days of programming connecting artists and arts administrators with community, resources, and new ideas! All of these thoughts and activities culminate into a full day of sessions, panel discussions, conversations, and networking at National Humanities Center on Saturday, March 23!

Earlier Event: March 18
Later Event: March 20
SUMMIT: Pitch It!