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June 2021 Artist Update: See What our Fellows have Been up to!

Learn what some of our Creative Entrepreneur Fellows and Walter Feldman Fellows have been up to recently!

Julia Csekö (Feldman 2016) became part of 2021 Somerville Arts Council Fellowship and was awarded a Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant 2021-2022. She also plans to install a large public piece as her community benefit for the Somerville Arts Council Fellowship in partnership with Somerville Homeless Coalition. www.juliacseko.com

 

Beatrice Greene’s (CEF 2019) poems “Fall Upheaval” and “November 2020: The Fourth Thursday” were published in Writers Without Margins Volume VI, and she has won the second prize for her poem entitled “Eyes” in Gemini Magazine. She also recently participated as a poet in a “Black Lives Matter” event sponsored by Pensive Journal at Northeastern University. www.myspace.com/beatricegreenerhythms

 

Stephanie Houten (CEF 2020) was recently named one of the Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows for FY 2021 in the Sculpture/Installation/New Genres category. www.stephaniehouten.com

 

 

Sarah Hulsey (WFF 2016) is joining Bromfield Gallery as a gallery member. Bromfield Gallery is one of Boston’s premier artist-run galleries, located on Harrison Ave. in the SOWA district. Hulsey’s work unveils unconsciously known patterns and structures underlying our intuitive knowledge of language. Her first solo show with Bromfield will take place in October 2021. www.sarahhulsey.com

 

 

Bithyah Israel (CEF 2019)’s organization, City Strings United, created a video to show how they pivoted their youth development programming during the pandemic. www.citystrings.org

 

Cagen Luse (CEF 2015) has been hosting monthly Comics in Color events online to talk comics and stories by and about people of color. http://comicsincolor.org

 

 

Stephanie Mckay (CEF 2021) is teaching two summer camps on ‘Art and Activism’ and on the ‘Power of Storytelling’ at the Acera School in Winchester. She is finishing two songs for a compilation called ‘Black Lives Generation to Generation’ featuring 20 different artists, which will be released this fall. Learn more about Stephanie at: https://stephaniemckay.com

 

Marla Mcleod (Feldman 2021) and Brooke Stewart (Feldman 2021) are in the first group show at Nearby Gallery in Newton Center. Marla is also the recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Amelia Peabody Award for Sculpture as part of the 2021 Emerging Artist Awards. 

 

 

Earlier this month, U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo (CEF 2021) participated in the interactive multi-media performance and installation “Threads of Assumption: The Biases you Weave” at Goethe-Institut Boston.

 

TC Squared produced a virtual presentation of Alexis Krysten Morgan’s (CEF 2021) one-act play REPAST on June 6.

 

 

Porsha Olayiwola (CEF 2019) is featured as the narrator of the All Inclusive Boston campaign video.

 

 

 

Maria Servellon (CEF 2020) won second place at the “Under the Same Flag” exhibition at the Project B Gallery, The Mill Contemporary in Framingham for her projected work, Out of the Silhouette.  Maria also became a member of Digital Soup a Boston-based multimedia collective that performs and shares new media, installation, and projection workt hrough community happenings. The group is now part of the Cultural Equity Incubator (CEI) and is planning a series of upcoming new shows around Boston. Picture Credit: Milford Daily News

 

Tanya Nixon Sillberg (CEF 2021)’s Little Uprisings and her collaborator (The Gottabees) recently received a Live Arts Boston 2021 Grant for their theatrical project, Play for ChangeLittle Uprisings also recently received a Boston Cultural Council grant to continue their work with kids at Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts.

 

Abria Smith (CEF 2021) received a Live Arts Boston grant to support a live showcase of theater, music, spoken word and movement based on her poetry book, Somebody Soup. www.facebook.com/Abria-SAG-AFTRA-ASCAP-205569941338

 

 

Gabriel Sosa (Feldman 2017) is a recipient of the 2021 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award. His work will also be included in the Exposed 2021 exhibit at The Current in Stowe, VT from July 10 through October 23. 

 

 

Patricia Thaxton’s (CEF 2019) piece “African Fashion” was featured on the PBS show, This Old House. Check out the clip at starting at 17:53. Cambridge Arts has begun the installation of Patricia’s temporary printed mural in Harvard Square, titled “The Beauty of Everyday Living”. Her design highlights Cambridge, Black Lives Matter protests, and her own patterns. Read more. Photo Credit: Cambridge Arts

 

Chanel Thervil (CEF 2020) and Candelaria Silva-Collins (CEF Program Coordinator) are featured with Napoleon Jones-Henderson in the “Making Art and Making Change” video, a conversation with Roxbury artists which was produced and moderated by Bithyah Israel (CEF 2019) as part of her work as the Social Justice Fellow for the Arts and Humanities at UU Urban Ministries. 

Chanel Thervil will also be participating in The Cooper Gallery’s Conversation Club Series on July 7. Register here to join the conversation. And on July 17, she  will be participating in an event open to the public at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. The “Fact, Fictions, and Fiber” workshop and tour will explore power and symbolism in fabric and textile arts.

Kate True (CEF 2015) has several paintings featured in the group show “When the Body” at The Beehive Boston, opening on July 13. https://www.katetrue.com

 

 

The Billboard Hope project in Roxbury’s John Eliot Square has featured the artwork of two Creative Entrepreneur Fellows. Ngoc-Tran Vu’s (CEF 2019) “Healing Cranes” was on display in May, and Carlos Byron’s (CEF 2017) “Hope for Change” is on display this month.

 

 

Ngoc-Tran Vu (CEF 2019) is participating in the workshop “Navigating Housing & Studio Spaces for Artists: First-Time Home Buying for Creatives” on July 21. Get more information and register here.

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