IGNITE CREATIVITY SUMMIT: ABOUT
FREE PUBLIC KEYNOTE TALK
MARCH 31, 7P @ VAE RALEIGH
Imani Jacqueline Brown is a founding cultural activist of Blights Out, a New Orleans collective of artists, activists, and architects working to imagine and design a new model for housing development centered outside the for-profit market. Her work approaches architecture, public space, and cultural production as manipulable tools for a restorative justice agenda. In short, she uses creativity as a means to just, fair, inclusive ends.
From their site:
"Blights Out unites a coalition of communities who have not ordinarily been in dialogue—artists and policy-makers, nationals and locals, natives and newcomers, young and old, and peoples of all races, economic strata, backgrounds, and professions. We are not reinventing the wheel—we recognize that we ARE the wheel; we function as the structural connective tissue between individuals and organizations across interest groups."
Brown is also a member of Occupy Museums, a collective of artist/activists formed during Occupy Wall Street in 2011. She was raised in New Orleans and returned in 2013 after displacement by Hurricane Katrina and 7 years in New York Cit.