Common Ground

Shawnda Chapman, Jamaica Gilmer, Miguel Luciano with Nico Wheadon

 

1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Join author Nico Wheadon in conversation with Shawnda Chapman, Jamaica Gilmer, and Miguel Luciano, on the occasion of her forthcoming book from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Sadia Hassan.

To celebrate our participation in Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, we’ve organized a week of NSE programming highlighting the many voices involved in art books and publishing. From February 24-28, you can view our virtual table and enjoy all the fair has to offer here.

In this talk

Shawnda Chapman

Shawnda Chapman
Courtesy of Shawnda Chapman
The Director of the Girls Fund Initiative of the Ms. Foundation. Shawnda has worked as a lead program specialist on a national initiative aimed at preventing and ending girls’ incarceration at the Vera Institute of Justice. She served as Director of the Beyond the Bars Fellowship program at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Her work has focused on racial justice, gender justice, and understanding the ways girls of color get pushed into the criminal justice system. With a focus on marginalized and vulnerable populations, Shawnda sits on the board of Black Women’s Blueprint, a transnational organization that works to end all forms of violence against Black women and girls. She also serves on the advisory board of Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Education Movement.

Jamaica Gilmer

Jamaica Gilmer
Courtesy of Jamaica Gilmer
A strategist, storyteller, photographer, and curator who has a 15 year background in creating and implementing curricula. She is founder & director of The Beautiful Project, an arts collective that centers Black women and girls as the authority over their own narratives. Her work as a storyteller and photographer allows her to capture realities that are overlooked and misunderstood. A graduate of Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications, she is a highly influential speaker sharing insight across the nation. She is the lead curator of TBP’s most recent exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pens, Lens, and Soul: The Story of The Beautiful Project. Jamaica is a passionate, bold, thought leader and one to watch as a champion for Black girls everywhere.

Miguel Luciano

Miguel Luciano
A multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration, through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and he was a fellow of the smARTpower Program. His work is featured in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Newark Museum, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Luciano is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Yale University School of Art. He is currently an Artist in Residence within The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Civic Practice Partnership Residency Program.

Nico Wheadon

Nico Wheadon
Courtesy of Nico Wheadon
An independent art advisor, curator, educator and writer. She, alongside her partner Malik D. Lewis, is founder and principal of bldg fund LLC, an innovation platform for BIPOC artists, entrepreneurs and neighbors. Nico currently serves on the Board of Governors at the National Academy of Design, and the Advisory Board for the Lubin School of Business Transformative Leadership Program. Nico is an adjunct assistant professor of Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship in the Commons at Brown University; Freestyle & Displacement in Contemporary Art Practices at Barnard College; and Art & Place Reconsidered at Hartford Art School. She is a Guide at The Institute of Possibility, and has guest lectured at Yale, Princeton, MIT, NYU, Pratt, The New School and Howard.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Sadia Hassan reading.

Sadia Hassan

Sadia Hassan
Photo by Deja Samuel
The author of Enumeration (Akashic Books, 2020), part of the New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Set. Winner of the 2020 Hurston/Wright College Writers Award, Hassan has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Mesa Refuge and VONA. More of her work can be found in The American Academy of Poetry, Boston Review, The Rumpus, Longreads and elsewhere.