Thu, Oct 28|
ARTDACITY, episode 7: "#DadJoy: The Impact of Fatherhood on Visual Artistry"
Join us for a lively discussion from some of Boston’s most talented Black and Brown male visual artists, who will share their experiences in both balancing and incorporating fatherhood into their work and how it shows up in their art.
Time & Location
Oct 28, 2021, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
About the event
BAMS Fest and KingBoston presents ARTDACITY "DadJoy: The Impact of Fatherhood on Visual Artistry"
Artdacity is a conversational style series that explores the intersections of the arts, civic engagement, and the lived experiences between Black and Brown creative entrepreneurs and communities-at-large.
Topic of discussion:
An artist’s inspiration can be pulled from real life experiences, especially parenthood. In today’s society, the beauty of Black fatherhood is often met with preconceived judgements. How can these be shifted or transformed into something more powerful and positive? Join us for a lively discussion from some of Boston’s most talented Black and Brown male visual artists, who will share their experiences in both balancing and incorporating fatherhood into their work and how it shows up in their art.
Jae Williams is an award-winning filmmaker (Kay Borne Emerging Filmmaker award, Brother Thomas Fellowship Award, Paramount Theatre Artist In Residence), and arts advocate. Born in Southside Chicago, raised in West Medford, Massachusetts Williams is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Northeastern University while also serving as Director of Special Projects in the Social Justice Center at Emerson College. Williams also serves as an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Digital Storytelling, Public Affairs as well as Argument and Advocacy in the Communication Studies department at Emerson College. Along with expertise as a content strategist, Williams has launched social action efforts, and a deep commitment to supporting access to arts education for communities who are often marginalized by creating and developing programs that include the Forever Ink Mentoring program, the Reel Life Experience, and the Celebration of the Arts Red Carpet Experience.
He is a co-founder and alumnus of Artists For Humanity (AFH), a Boston area non-profit organization that combines art and entrepreneurship to address today’s most challenging social, economic, and racial issues. The largest employer of Boston teens, AFH provides some of the city’s most under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Currently serving as Deputy Director and member of AFH’s Board of Directors, Jason has dedicated the last 30 years of his life to ensuring that Boston’s young people are guided towards a successful life by encouraging their self-expression through art.
He is a Boston based visual artist and entrepreneur. He is the artist and author of two comic series, the 2021 Association of Alternative Newsmedia award-winning LunchTime ComiX (and The Market. Both series have been published in local Alternative -weeklies DIG Boston and the Boston Compass as well as various social media platforms. Cagen also runs his own business, 950design, that produces hand-made items such as tee shirts, art prints, buttons, and note cards featuring his original artwork. Cagen is the co-founder of Comics in Color and the Boston Comics in Color Festival, a monthly meet-up event series and an annual comic arts festival for enthusiasts, artists, and writers of comics by and about people of color.
Thomas " Kwest" Burns
He is a painter with roots in Graffiti and Hip Hop culture. HIs work conveys a variety of socially relevant themes, including commentary on urban life, politics and culture. He began drawing and painting out of a passion to express his ideas and visions. . Motivated by themes such as love, oppression, freedom and cultural heritage, Kwest works primarily with acrylic paint oil, spray paint, and pastels. Kwest has created murals throughout the city of Boston, in Weston and Lincoln Sudbury public schools and for the Department of Education in Malden. He presently works as a freelance artist doing live painting and creating murals for youth programs and schools. His goal is to continue to elevate, improvise, educate, and process experiences while enhancing his skills as an artist.