CAROL RASHAWNNA WILLIAMS
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CAMPFIRE STORIES - SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE
CAMPFIRES DESIGNED & CREATED BY ARTIST
CAROL RASHAWNNA WILLIAMS
Fundraising event April 12th
ARTIST Carol Rashawnna Williams Designs CAMPFIRE STORIES CENTER PIECES AND STAGE SET on view at the Sustainability Leadership Awards Friday April 12 at 6:30pm
415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109
FIRST THURSDAY ART PARTY - MAY 2ND
'First Thursday Art Party'
CHAMPION SOUNDS ALL STARS
Location: i5 Pho
Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
213 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
9pm - til midnight
Carol recieves 2019 Scholarship Award to Common Field
What is Common Field?
Common Field is a National Network of independent arts organizations and organizers.
Common Field connects, supports and advocates for the artist-centered field by providing a network for independent arts organizations and organizers.
Common Field is a national network of independent visual arts organizations and organizers that connects, supports, and advocates for the artist-centered field. Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015, the Common Field network has 700+ members across 43 states. Programs include national convenings, grants, research, resources, forums, meet-ups and advocacy. Our vision is to increase understanding, involvement and knowledge of artists organizations and their value, and increase their capacity through national connectivity, dialog understanding and support.
Common Field’s network includes contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist-centric organizations and organizers including alternative art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, residencies, platforms, collectives, collaboratives, and individual organizers. These projects and spaces provide interdisciplinary and hybrid forms for art production, reception, and exchange. They generate independent, responsive, grassroots, artist-centered cultures. They support artists, connect artists with the public in intimate, experimental, and generative ways, and they are deeply involved in the shape and characters of the contexts where they work. Our members stimulate ideas, imagination, and innovation in their communities.
Creating broad public visibility for artist organizations and organizers
Articulating the common practices and values of visual arts organizing
Sharing histories and stories of the field
Facilitating forums for convening, peer-to-peer knowledge, and exchange across geographies and communities
Providing platforms for resources, tools, and advocacy
Demonstrating responsive, diverse, and accessible approaches to creative production
Group Exhibition at the Kirkland Arts Center
Capability is a meditation on gun culture and gun violence in the United States. Artists from the local and national community reflect on the multi-faceted ways in which guns have woven themselves into our cultural identity. Capability uses compassion and empathy to dissect the historical and contemporary contexts that address the questions: How did we get here? How do we move forward?
Featuring Scott Horn, Holly Ballard Martz, Carol Rashawnna, and many more, Capability asks the viewer to contend with our national history and our personal identities. What are we capable of doing as individuals? What are we capable of allowing as a nation? How can we talk about these problems without vilifying the “other side” – whomever that means?
The themes with which we frame gun violence have changed throughout the 21st century, but guns have continued to be a focal point in our art making as our society grapples what their place is in this contemporaneous moment. What makes “Capability” different is that it ties multiple themes together. Instead of treating police brutality, suicide, mass shootings, hunting, masculinity, and more, as separate issues, it looks at the way that gun use and gun violence are threads that link together these strands in our society.
This exhibit is in partnership with the UW Emerging Curator Initiative (ECI). ECI allows Museology students develop exhibit concepts, and one student is selected to curate their concept through a show at the Kirkland Arts Center.
Maggie DeFranco, UW Museology Graduate Student, Class of 2019
Holly Ballard Martz
Friday, March 22th, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Free to the public. Meet the artists and curator. $5 wine and beer.
ARTWORK BY CAROL RASHAWNNA WILLIAMS:
ABOUT THE INSTALLATION: ‘BODY BAG’
PERSONAL STORIES: 85% of those killed by gun violence are black Americans and youth. These are my personal stories related to gun violence.
LEGACY-ASSASSINATIONS: We as Americans forget there is a legacy related to guns in the African American community & that legacy started with slavery, and slaves not being allowed gun right privileges.
IN THE NEWS: These are the contemporary stories portrayed in our news media.
COWRY SHELLS: Traditionally, in Africa, these shells were used as a form of currency to trade goods. Guns traditionally have been purchased to protect ‘property’ and ‘resources,’ and ‘capital’ - these symbolize stories of gun violence as currency, capital and the power of stories as wealth.
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