DESIGNLAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY
BROWN ADVISORY

 

Friday, April 7, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

Features some of the most inventive designers, makers, artists, entrepreneurs, storytellers and thinkers convening to explore how emerging creative practices shape our world and create change.

DESIGNLAB@LIGHTCITY SCHEDULE

EMCEE: Sharayna Christmas, Executive Director, MUSE 360 Arts. Sharayna is an advocate, dancer, writer, and educator. She has performed the works of many choreographers including Ulysses Dove, Robert Garland and Geoffrey Holder. At 16, she participated in the Marie Brook Pan-Caribbean Dance Company to perform in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After working on Wall Street and other prestigious financial firms she decided to start Muse 360 Arts in 2004, a non-profit organization that has committed to developing over 400 young people annually creatively in Baltimore City.


8:00 AM

Registration Opens


8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit & Innovation Communities


9:30 AM – 9:35 AM

Welcome & Introduction

Featuring Jamie McDonald, Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City


9:35 AM – 9:40 AM

Welcome To DesignLab@LightCity

Featuring Sharayna Christmas, Executive Director, Muse 360 Arts


9:40 AM – 10:05 AM

Building A Nation Of Makers: My Year In The White House Helping The Maker Movement Scale

Featuring Andrew Coy, Founder of Initial Velocity & Former Senior Advisor for Making at the White House


10:05 AM – 10:25 AM

A Special Introduction By Gabrielle Souza, Baltimore Magazine, To Beyond The Barriers Project

Featuring CJay Philip, Executive Director, Dance & Bmore


10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

The Organized Culture: How Hip Hop Responds

Featuring Jimmie Thomas, Principle/Producer Curators Of Hip Hop; Devrock, CEO Of IRYHME Program And The Minister Of Culture For Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Moderated By Brandon Lackey, Head Engineer / Studio Manager; Lineup Room Recording Studios & Bmore BeatClub Founder


10:55 AM – 11:05 AM

A Special Performance

Featuring Ellen cherry, Award-Winning Song & Story Alchemist, Musician, & Performer


11:05 AM – 11:15 AM

Break


11:15 AM – 11:35 AM

Dissecting The Creative Process: Digital Storytelling

Featuring Nasreen Alkhateeb, Transmedia Storyteller, NASA Cinematographer


11:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Harnessing & Preserving A Collective Imagination In Public Art: Community Centered Design

Featuring Lizzie Kripke, Meg Saligman Studios; Jen Lewin, Internationally-Renowned Light & Interactive Sculptor; Sam Christian Holmes, Sculptor, Print-Maker and Multimedia Artist


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Making Waves: The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore. Baltimore Makers Panel

Featuring Jason Bass, Co-Founder, Treason Toting Company; Bishme R. Cromartie, Owner, Bishme R. Cromartie Clothing; Sarah Marriage, Owner, Sarah Marriage Furniture; Steven Richardson, Horologist, Art Of Horology; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck, CEO, The Foundery


12:30 PM – 1:25 PM
Creative Collaboration Lunch, Meet Fellow Attendees & Brainstorm Ideas For A Brighter Baltimore

1:25 PM – 2:15 PM

Purpose-Driven Innovation, A Counter-Cultural Take On Innovation

Featuring Dan Pallotta, Speaker, Author, Reformer, Inventor of the multi-day charitable event industry, Founder of the Charity Defense Council & Chief Humanity officer for Advertising for Humanity


2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

A Very Special Performance

Featuring Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage


2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Doing Good & Doing Well: Social Impact & The New Design Firm

Featuring Richard Jones, President, Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.; Isaac Hametz, Director of Research, Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.


 3:05 PM – 3:30 PM

#Creativeplacemaking: Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities

Featuring Amy Bonitz, CEO, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation; Richard MayThibault Manekin, Co-Founder, Seawall Development; Andre Robinson; Moderated By Ellen Janes, Executive Director, Central Partnership


3:30 PM – 3:50 PM

Spreading The Glow Of Light City Across Baltimore

Featuring Jose Andres Rosero, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist, Waverly; Maura Dwyer, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist, Hamilton – Lauraville; Mia Blom, Board Member And Resident Artist – Hamilton-Lauraville; April Danielle Lewis, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist, Greater Mondawmin; Jacqueline Caldwell, President – Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council; Moderated by Maggie Villegas, Public Art Project Specialist, Baltimore Office Of Promotion & The Arts


3:50 PM – 4:05 PM

Designing Health: How Design Of Wearable Devices Is Changing The Future Of Health

Featuring Dr. Youseph Yazdi, Executive Director, JHU Center For Bioengineering Innovation And Design


4:05 PM –  4:20 PM

Designing Justice: The Future Of Arts Activism & Creative Resistance

Featuring Jennifer White-Johnson, Assistant Professor Of Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts, Bowie State University


4:20 PM – 4:25 PM

Meditation Yoga

Featuring Jason Williams, Charm City Pt & M Power


4:25 PM – 4:35 PM

Break


4:35 PM – 4:55 PM

A Very Special Performance

Featuring Joyce J. Scott, Macarthur ‘Genius’ Grant Recipient


4:55 PM – 5:15 PM

Art, Music, Video Games & The Future Of Medicine

Featuring Dr. John Krakauer, The John C. Malone Professor Of Neurology & Neuroscience, JHU Brain, Learning, Animation, & Movement Lab


5:15 PM – 5:55 PM

Free To Make

Featuring Dale Dougherty, Founder of MAKE magazine, Creator of Maker Faire, Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative, & Author, Free to Make


5:55 PM – 6:00 PM

Top Takeaways & Reflection


6:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Thank You


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

DesignLab Twilight Event: Glamtech Powered Fashion Show

This show is a collaborative effort with the GlamTech advisory team, Made in Baltimore designers, St. Francis Neighborhood Center, & Digital Harbor Foundation. Designers & curators will perform a total of 6-7 “scenes” featuring various forms of wearable tech in a fun & upbeat way. Designers will then take a moment to explain the purpose behind the piece and how it’s made. There will upbeat music & a lot of lighting used for this segment.


DESIGNLAB@LIGHTCITY SPEAKERS

Nasreen Alkhateeb – Award-winning Transmedia Storyteller

Speaker Topic: Dissecting The Creative Process – Digital Storytelling

Nasreen Alkhateeb is an award-winning transmedia storyteller whose content has broadcast internationally for over 10 years. By motivating audiences, and empowering new voices, Nasreen thrives as a leader on diverse storytelling projects that include broadcast, film, and digital platforms. Nasreen has curated and created original content for NASA, BBC, NPR, The Atlantic, UNITED NATIONS, TED, SXSW, AMC, Coachella, Discovery Networks, American Film Institute, and IFC Films. In 2016, Nasreen was awarded Cinematographer of the Year by NASA.

Jason Bass – Co-Founder, Treason Toting Company

Speaker Topic: Making Waves – The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore. Baltimore Makers Panel In Conversation With Bishme R. Cromartie, Sarah Marriage & Steven Richardson; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

A Baltimore native, Jason Bass founded Treason Toting Company with Aaron Jones in 2013 after meeting at Blarney Stone Pub at Fells Point. Bass is a graduate of Milford Mill High School, and received his master’s in business from the University of Baltimore (UB) in 2016. With his business, marketing, and IT background, Bass handles the logistics side of Treason Toting Company. Together, Bass and Jones are dedicated to contributing to creating jobs in their native Baltimore.

Amy Bonitz – CEO, Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation

Speaker Topic: #CreativePlacemaking – Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities In Conversation With Richard May, Thibault Manekin & Andre Robinson; Moderated by Ellen Janes

Amy Bonitz leads the non-profit Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation (BARCO) whose mission is to provide affordable and sustainable facilities for Baltimore’s growing community of artists, designers, curators, performers, creative ventures, and nonprofit arts organizations. BARCO recently completed the redevelopment of the Motor House, a $6 million arts hub and Open Works, a $10 million maker space and is providing technical assistance to artist-led projects in Baltimore’s Bromo Tower Arts District.

Ellen cherry – Award Winning Song & Story Alchemist, Musician & Performer

A Special Performance

Ellen cherry is an award winning song and story alchemist, musician and performer, based in Baltimore, MD. Mixing equal parts of pathos and humor throughout her songs, ellen cherry is mysterious and powerful on stage and her banter gives audiences a peek into a whimsical, curious mind. She seamlessly fuses her love of History, Poetry, and Literature with the Usual Suspects of Love, Loss, and Despair, with a powerful, commanding voice and skill on both guitar and piano. Her current project is a new touring program called “Portraits in Song” that showcases her love of storytelling and her passion for history and women’s equality.

Sharayna Christmas – Executive Director, MUSE 360 Arts

DesignLab Emcee

Sharayna Christmas is an advocate, dancer, writer, and educator. Her journey as an artist began over 25 years ago when she began ballet training at the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) at the age of three. She has performed the works of many choreographers including Ulysses Dove, Robert Garland and Geoffrey Holder. At 16, she participated in the Marie Brook Pan Caribbean Dance Company to perform in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1998, Mrs. Christmas moved to Baltimore to attend Morgan State University where she received her B. S. in Finance. After working on Wall Street and other prestigious financial firms she decided to start Muse 360 Arts in 2004, a non-profit organization that has committed to developing over 400 young people annually creatively in Baltimore City.

Andrew Coy – Founder of Initial Velocity, Former  Senior Advisor for Making at the White House and Former Executive Director of the Digital Harbor Foundation

Speaker Topic: Building A Nation Of Makers – My Year In The White House Helping The Maker Movement Scale

Andrew Coy is a driven problem-solver with experience at the intersection of nonprofit, government, and technology. Most recently he served in President Obama’s White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Senior Advisor for Making. In this capacity, he led initiatives including National Week of Making, Nation of Makers, the Kid Science Advisors Campaign. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, where he led efforts to transform the closed-down South Baltimore Rec Center into the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, a youth-centered makerspace located in Baltimore, Maryland that provides after-school program, summer camps, field trips, family make nights, educator training workshops, and numerous other community-making opportunities.

Bishme R. Cromartie – Fashion Designer & Owner, Bishme R. Cromartie Clothing

Speaker Topic: Making Waves – The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore. Baltimore Makers Panel In Conversation With Jason Bass, Sarah Marriage & Steven Richardson; Moderated By Jason Hardebeck

Bishme Cromartie is a self-taught fashion designer from Baltimore, Maryland. Celebs such as Noah Cyrus, Andra Day, Mel B and Eva Marcille have worn his designs. His garments have been featured in Elle Vietnam as well as Vogue.com. Cromartie designs for the bold, confident and independent women.

Dale Dougherty – Founder of MAKE magazine, Creator of Maker Faire, Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative, and author of the book Free to Make

Speaker Topic: Free To Make

Since its inception in 2006, the Maker Movement has exploded into a global phenomenon. Founder Dale Dougherty has been on the front lines of this social revolution that is changing what gets made, how things are made, where they’re are made, and who gets to make them. Join Dougherty in exploring how this movement can empower people to see themselves as as creators, builders, and shapers of the world around them.

Isaac Hametz – Director of Research, Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc.

Speaker Topic: Doing Good And Doing Well – Why A For-Profit Design Firm Is Building A Social Impact Studio In Conversation With Richard Jones

Isaac Hametz is the Director of Research at Mahan Rykiel Associates, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm. He leads the company’s social impact studio and design research efforts, leveraging transdisciplinary knowledge from design, urban ecology, environmental psychology, anthropology, and community development to support problem-setting and problem-solving at the scale of the project, practice, and profession. Within this context, he facilitates collaboration between public, private, and non-profit partners to maximize the impact of design as an engine for social, environmental, and economic growth.

Jason Hardebeck – CEO at The Foundery, Broadband Coordinator for the City of Baltimore

Speaker Topic: Making Waves – The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore. Baltimore Makers Panel In Conversation With Jason Bass, Bishme R. Cromartie, Steven Richardson & Sarah Marriage; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

Originally from small towns in Montana and Nevada, Jason earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the US Naval Academy prior to receiving his Masters in Advanced Business Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Since the completion of his education, Jason has held a number of diverse roles in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, non-profit organizations, the military, and state and local government. Throughout his various career endeavors, Jason became qualified to operate a U.S. Navy nuclear power plant, served as Maryland’s first official Entrepreneur in Residence, was named Inventor on six U.S. patents, and founded a company which was then purchased by Facebook.

Sam Christian Holmes – Sculptor, Print-Maker and Multimedia Artist

Speaker Topic: Harnessing And Preserving A Collective Imagination In Public Art – Community Centered Design In Conversation With Lizzie Kripke & Jen Lewin

Baltimore-based sculptor, print-maker, and multimedia artist Sam Christian Holmes, who earned a BFA and MFA from MICA and taught in the general fine arts and graphic design departments for several years, creates artwork that responds to particular localities. His ability to relate his ideas to a community and create a sense of identity around that community’s issues is noteworthy. In working with metal, Holmes attempts to access his cultural and personal history on several levels. Recently he has begun a series of sculptures based on his book, Tar Baby Yo.

Ellen Janes – Executive Director, Central Partnership of Baltimore

Speaker Topic: #CreativePlacemaking – Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities In Conversation With Amy Bonitz, Rich May, Thibault Manekin & Andre Robinson; Moderated by Ellen Janes

Ellen Janes began her career in Baltimore at the Neighborhood Design Center, where she served as Executive Director from 1989 to 1995. After, she served as the first Assistant Secretary for Neighborhood Revitalization in the history of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development under Maryland Governor Parris Glendenning. From 2003 to 2008, she worked under Senator Barbara Mikulski until moving over to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch. Ms. Janes outstanding work was recognized by 1,000 Friends of Maryland in 2014 when she was declared a Smart Growth Hero.

Richard Jones – President, Mahan Rykiel Associates

Speaker Topic: Doing Good & Doing Well – Why A For-Profit Design Firm Is Building A Social Impact Studio In Conversation With Isaac Hametz

Richard Jones is the President of Mahan Rykiel Associates, a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm. Throughout his career, Jones has pursued a vision of design and landscape architecture that aims to enrich human relationships and support vibrant ecological systems. This approach is built on the idea that designers are not just architects of space, but also architects of creative social processes. Jones’ deep appreciation for and understanding of craftsmanship, stewardship, and community has yielded projects that have revitalized neighborhoods, restored brownfields, protected natural resources, and built lasting social capital.

Dr. John C. Krakauer – The John C. Malone Professor of Neurology & Neuroscience, JHU Brain, Learning, Animation, & Movement Lab

Speaker Topic: Art, Music, Video Games & The Future Of Medicine

Visionary neurologist and neuroscientist John Krakauer, is “staging a revolution” to achieve a better future for patients with motor loss caused by neurological disease and injury. His vision encompasses an immersive rehabilitative experience with a virtual dolphin. Krakauer’s innovation design group at Hopkins, Kata, borrows from gaming, animation, animal behavior, robotics, philosophy, engineering, and more to develop a new model for maximizing recovery after brain injury such as stroke.

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE – Artistic Director, Baltimore Center Stage

Special Performance

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. Most recently, he directed One Night in Miami… at London’s Donmar Warehouse and a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors at The Public Theater in New York. At Baltimore Center Stage he has directed Marley, One Night in Miami…, Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts (City Paper Top Ten Productions, 2013), The Mountaintop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man, and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. In 2014, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, and he was a finalist for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Theater Director.

Jen Lewin – Internationally-Renowned Light & Interactive Sculptor 

Speaker Topic: The Community Centered Creative Process – Harnessing & Preserving A Collective Imagination in Public Art In Conversation With Lizzie Kripke & Sam Christian Holmes

Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor based out of New York City. Over the last 20 years, Lewin has honed her highly technical medium to fabricate large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. Lewin’s use of technology as a medium challenges popular conceptions of new media works and their limitations. Focusing on pieces made for public use, she thinks beyond a traditional art exhibition to create an experience that brings vibrancy to neighborhoods, parks, and public spaces.

Thibault Manekin – Co-Founder, Seawall Development

Speaker Topic: #CreativePlacemaking – Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities In Conversation With Amy Bonitz, Rich May & Andre Robinson; Moderated by Ellen Janes

In 2001, Thibault helped start an international nonprofit organization called Peace Players International that uses sports to bridge divides in war-torn countries. Upon returning to Baltimore in 2006, Thibault co-founded a social entrepreneurial firm called Seawall Development. Seawall’s mission is to help improve communities by breathing a new life back into forgotten old historic buildings while at the same time filling them with people who in their everyday lives are making cities better places. Seawall is the creator of the Center for Educational Excellence model that provides discounted apartments to teachers and education focused nonprofits.

Sarah Marriage – Owner, Sarah Marriage Furniture

Speaker Topic: Making Waves – The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore. Baltimore Makers Panel In Conversation With Jason Bass, Bishme R. Cromartie & Steven Richardson; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

Sarah Marriage is a maker of fine furniture and other wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods. She is the 2015 recipient of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, through The Society of Arts and Crafts and the Mineck Foundation in Boston, and is using her Mineck funding to support the creation of “A Workshop of Our Own,” a space where women furniture makers can come together in a supportive environment, beginning in 2016 in Baltimore.

Richard May – Chairman, Innovation Village Baltimore

Speaker Topic: #CreativePlacemaking: Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities In Conversation With Amy Bonitz, Thibault Manekin, & Andre Robinson; Moderated by Ellen Janes

Richard is the visionary Chairman of Innovation Village Baltimore, a multi-sector partnership anchored by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Coppin State University, City of Baltimore, and State of Maryland to revitalize West Baltimore through economic inclusion, equitable access to opportunities, job creation, entrepreneurship, and small business. As Baltimore’s 1st innovation business district, it covers over 1200 acres of Baltimore’s culturally rich and historic neighborhoods, and prioritizes investing in both people and enterprise through economic inclusion.

Jamie McDonald – Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City

Jamie McDonald is the Founder of Generosity Inc. Jamie’s mission is to spur people to give, act and innovate on behalf of communities, causes and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, Jamie shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. She launched Generosity Inc. after the acquisition of GiveCorps, a crowdfunding and peer fundraising platform she founded. GiveCorps was acquired by Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform in 2014. At Generosity Inc, Jamie advises impact-focused CEOs and works on large-scale social movements around the country. In addition to working with causes on technology activation, giving days and fundraising, Jamie is one of six members of the global #GivingTuesday team at the 92nd Street Y, the founders of the movement.

Dan Pallotta – Speaker, Author, Reformer, Inventor of the multi-day charitable event industry, Founder of the Charity Defense Council and Chief Humanity officer for Advertising for Humanity

Speaker Topic: Purpose-Driven Innovation, A Counter-Cultural Take On Innovation

Dan invented the multi- day charitable event industry. He created the Breast Cancer 3-Day walks and the multi-day AIDS Rides, which raised in excess of half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. The model and methods he created are now employed by dozens of charities and have raised in excess of $1.5 billion more for important causes from pediatric leukemia to AIDS to suicide prevention and many others. Dan’s iconic TED 2013 Talk has been viewed more than 3.8 million times  It is one of the 100 most-viewed TED Talks of all time.

CJay Philip – Director, Dance & Bmore

Speaker Topic: Breaking Down The Barriers Between Grassroots Artists & Institutions

CJay Philip followed up a successful Broadway career with a relocation to Baltimore MD where she founded Dance & Bmore. This diverse ensemble of singers, dancers and poets fuse movement, original music and spoken-word to create interactive and socially conscious performances pieces. Dance & Bmore also designs innovative multigenerational programs that seek to stimulate the imagination and strengthen relationships while building a sense of community and well being. Their elder arts program Forever Fit & Fun, uses memory-based movement, prompts and storytelling to capture the oral history of seniors citizens and encapsulate them in spoken-word, music and dance. Their FazaFam Family Jam focuses on a holistic approach to strengthening entire families through the arts. CJay is the recipient of a Baker Artists b-grant award, a Baltimore Social Innovators award and is currently a Robert W Deutsch Fellow an Aspen Institute Fellow and Citizen Artist Fellow for the Kennedy Center.

Steven Richardson – Horologist, Art of Horology

Speaker Topic: Making Waves – The Surging Maker Community In Baltimore Panel In Conversation With Jason Bass, Bishme R. Cromartie & Sarah Marriage; Moderated by Jason Hardebeck

Richardson began his journey in Baltimore as a jewelry designer in 1995 learning from a Master Metalsmith Emerson Hogan the working and handling of gold, silver and precious stones. Later, Richardson traveled to Thailand, Brazil, and Japan to study new methods jewelry making and gain inspiration from other cultures.  Returning to the US, he combined his knowledge of gems and jewelry design with his growing fascination with timepieces, studying horology under a master watchmaker Arron in New York City. A native of Baltimore, MD, who now calls New York City home, Steven Richardson is a watchmaker and designer that create one-of-a-kind mechanical timepieces by hand sculpturing and graving the inner-working. He calls his special craft “mechanical art” under the luxury watch brand Nkiru America that he established in 2000.

Andre Robinson – Executive Director, Mount Royal Community Development Corporation

Speaker Topic: #CreativePlacemaking: Neighborhood-Centered Redevelopment & The Future Of Post-Industrial American Cities In Conversation With Amy Bonitz, Rich May, & Thibault Manekin, Moderated by Ellen Janes.

André Robinson is a cultural organizer, producer, director and community activist who serves as executive director of Mt. Royal Community Development Corporation, primary sponsor Innovation Village – Baltimore. The Mount Royal Community Development Corporation (MRCDC) was formed in 2013 to bring attention to centrally located Mount Royal District (District). Originally encompassing four neighborhoods – Bolton Hill, Madison Park, Marble Hill, and Reservoir Hill – the District is steeped with history, overflowing with breathtaking architecture, and the gateway for downtown and midtown access to the magnificent and expansive Druid Hill Park.

Meg Saligman & Lizzie Kripke – Meg Saligman Studios

Speaker Topic: The Community Centered Creative Process: Harnessing & Preserving A Collective Imagination In Public Art In Conversation With Sam Christian Holmes & Jen Lewin

Meg Saligman and Lizzie Kripke are Co-Principal Artists of Meg Saligman Studios, a Philadelphia-based public art studio founded by Meg. For 25+ years, the studio has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to invigorate the built environment with paint and light, producing the largest murals in the country – always site specific and socially engaged. Meg is credited with sparking the contemporary mural movement through her seminal work in Philadelphia. The studio combines the classical with the contemporary and paints with a master’s skill that consistently elevates the way public art is conceived and executed. The team has been recognized for innovation within the field by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art in America, the Smithsonian Institute, Public Art Review, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and numerous others.

Joyce J. Scott – Jewelry Maker & Sculptor, 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Special Performance

Joyce J. Scott is a jewelry maker and sculptor repositioning craft, and in particular beadwork, as a potent platform for commentary on social and political injustices. In handmade works ranging from elaborate, over-sized neckpieces, to two- and three-dimensional figurative sculptures, to installations, Scott upends conceptions of beadwork and jewelry as domestic or merely for adornment by creating exquisitely crafted objects that reveal, upon closer examination, stark representations of racism and sexism and the violence they engender.

Jennifer White-Johnson – Assistant Professor of Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts, Bowie State University

Speaker Topic: Designing Justice – The Future of Arts Activism & Creative Resistance

Jennifer White-Johnson is a photographer and designer, with a passion for arts education. At Bowie State University, she incorporates social design projects into her classes, encouraging her students to use their art to inspire discourse around complex environmental and societal challenges. Jennifer views her own art as an interactive, and ever-evolving, learning tool. She runs a studio practice called JT Photo & Design, working with clients that include musicians and artists throughout the east coast. She has also taught social design at various non-profit and youth-oriented organizations in Baltimore, including the Creative Alliance at The Patterson.

Jason Williams – Owner, Charm City PT & Director/Architect at Pilates Barre Training

Jason has been in the health and fitness industry since 2002. As a former collegiate track athlete, he saw the importance of working hard with proper alignment. He has taught a multitude of classes such as BootCamp style and spin, but his main interest is Pilates and Barre. Additionally, Jason is meditation teacher and well-being coach, teaching clients about not only fitness and nutrition, but the whole mind-body connection.

Dr. Youseph Yazdi – Executive Director, The Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design

Speaker Topic – Designing Health: How Design Of Wearable Devices Is Changing The Future Of Health

Youseph Yazdi, PhD, MBA, joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2009 and the Carey Business School in 2011. He is the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design, a center focused on training leaders in medtech innovation and commercialization. He is also Director of the Johns Hopkins – Coulter Translational Partnership, established in 2011, which supports translational medical innovations emerging from collaborations between BME faculty and School of Medicine clinicians.

The Organized Culture – How Hip Hop Responds

Panel (Pictured Left to Right): Jimmie Thomas, Principle/Producer Curators of Hip Hop and Devrock, Founder Of IRYHME Program & The Minister Of Culture For LBS, Moderated By Brandon Lackey, Head Engineer / Studio Manager of Lineup Room Recording Studios & Bmore BeatClub Founder

Jimmie Thomas, Principle/Producer of Curators of Hip-Hop, will demonstrate the organizing of hip-hop artists, businesses, and organizations around issues that affect our communities through performance, short film screening and a Q&A session. DevRock CEO of IRYHME program and the Minister of Culture for LBS will be on the panel. Moderated by Brandon Lackey, Head Engineer / Studio Manager of Lineup Room Recording Studios & Bmore BeatClub Founder.

Jimmie Thomas received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University’s Broadcast Journalism program in 2009. Upon graduation, he worked for Morris Communication in Baltimore, MD as an Account Executive. In 2009, he co-founded Curators of Hip Hop. In 2011, he started Channel Me Media to teach youth the basics of journalism, teamwork and how to make documentaries.

Spreading The Glow Of Light City Across Baltimore: Neighborhood Lights Panel

Jose Andres Rosero, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist – Waverly
Maura Dwyer, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist – Hamilton-Lauraville
Mia Blom, Board Member and Resident – Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street & Hamilton Hills Neighborhood Association
April Danielle Lewis, Neighborhood Lights Resident Artist – Greater Mondawmin
Jacqueline Caldwell, President – Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council
Maggie Villegas, Public Art Project Specialist – Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

Neighborhood Lights is a community artist-in-residence program employing Baltimore City artists to create new works of illuminated public art hand-in-hand with community organizers as part of the Light City festival. Since its inception, the program has expanded the festival’s footprint to include eight participating neighborhoods, developing fully funded satellite programming throughout the city including performance art-sculpture hybrids, projection-mapping projects, shape-shifting murals, outdoor concerts, parades and performances.

 

Using the 2017 Neighborhood Lights program and its public artist-in-residence model as a springboard for dialogue, this panel discussion will explore the role of artists in place-making and place-keeping, the responsibilities of cultural producers to their constituents and neighbors, and adaptive artistic practices that place the needs of citizens and community organizers at the center of artworks.

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