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CB to You Mobile Art Lab: Fayetteville

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CB to You Mobile Art Lab

Energizing Community Through Art!

Fayetteville, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab is coming to your neighborhood!

Join us this September at the St. James Baptist Church Community Food Pantry (115 S Willow Ave) for four days of creativity and conversation focused on energizing communities through art. Each day of the visit will feature different activities and artists, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening and weekend.

From artmaking and Storycircles to artist talks and live studio demonstrations, this traveling celebration of creativity promises to bring a little bit of inspired fun to everyone. Each stop will culminate in a free outdoor concert and community art showcase.

Join us in celebrating your hometown by creating art, stories, and memories together!

Free, no registration required.

Activity Schedule-at-a-glance

Wednesday, Sep 15

Artist: Trinity Kai

2 – 6 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo

Artmaking: Cyanotype

Thursday, Sep 16

Artist: Lakisha Harper Bradley

2 – 6 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo

Artmaking: Acrylics

4 – 6 PM: Pop-up Performance w/ Craig Colorusso

5 -6 PM: Storytelling w/ Ozark Poets and Writers Collective

Friday, Sep 17

Artist: Tay Butler

2 – 6 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo

Artmaking: Clay

5 – 6 PM: Storytelling w/ Noelia Cerna, Open Mouth Reading Series

Saturday, Sep 18

Artist: Ziba Rajabi

2 – 6 PM: Drop-in Studio and Artist Demo

Artmaking: Painting

2 – 4 PM: Pop-up Performance w/ Papa Rap and the fun love drum circle

2 PM: Storytelling w/ Akau Anyieth, Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!

5 – 6:30 PM: Live Music w/ A Song in the Night, presented by Music Moves

Activity Details

Wednesday, September 15

Activities from 2 to 6 PM

Artist of the Day: Trinity Kai

Trinity will be at the site from 2 – 6 PM and will be introducing guests to a cyanotype activity using light-sensitive prepared paper and community-based objects. Following the art activity, Trinity will lead an artist discussion inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

Trinity creates work using her own personal narrative and examines systems of discrimination that exist within society. She creates through self-portraiture, written language, and materiality to share her experiences and bring viewers into conversations that can be reflective and transformational.

Kai Trinity
Thursday, September 16

Activities from 2 to 6 PM

Artist of the Day: Lakisha Harper Bradley

Lakisha will be at the library from 2 to 6 p.m. and will be introducing guests to a therapeutic art studio experience involving acrylic paint. Following the art activity, Lakisha will lead an artist discussion inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.
Before you go, don’t forget to grab your free take-home art kit!

Lakisha is a Social Practice Artist, Executive Director and Founder of MY-T-BY-DESIGN Therapeutic Art Studios located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She uses a variety of painting mediums and uses art-making as a way to experience and release euphoric emotions.

Lakisha Bradley

An extra pop-up performance will be given by artist Craig Colorusso! Craig will perform Ladybug Cathedral at the church from 4 – 6 PM! Using a bowed guitar, Craig’s Ladybug Cathedral is a long, slow, and deliberate performance that invites listeners to just listen and let the sound wash over them. Craig is a sound-based artist whose explorative work extends beyond sound and utilizes light and sculpture. In the past five years, Colorusso has combined his interests in the permanent and semi-permanent works: Sound Swings, Moon Pod, Covered Bridge ONE, and The Tunnel.

Guitarist Craig Colorusso

After the artist hours, an artist from the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective will be our featured storyteller from 5 -6 PM to cap off the night! The OPWC is a non-profit organization devoted to the joys of the spoken and written word and is based in Fayetteville, AR. They support and promote community involvement by providing various opportunities for poets and other community members.

Friday, September 17

Activities from 2 – 6 PM

Artist of the Day: Tay Butler

Tay will be at the library from 2 to 6 PM and will be introducing guests to an art activity that involving air-dry clay.  Following the art activity, Tay will lead an artist discussion inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

Tay Butler
Poet Noelia Cerna

After the artist hours, Noelia Cerna from the Open Mouth Reading Series will be our featured storyteller from 4 – 4:45 PM to cap off the night!

Noelia Cerna is a Costa Rican poet based in Northwest Arkansas. Noelia’s work has been awarded, published, and acknowledged by many programs such as The North Meridian Review, the Plants and Poetry Journal, and more! She is a reader and poetry feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, an associate editor for Sibling Rivalry Press, a writing mentor for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program, the board president and director of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, and so much more! Keep up with her work, readings and publications at www.noeliacerna.com.

Open Mouth Reading Series is a community-based literary organization located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They have partnered with local organizations to bring engaging and creative events, programming, experiences, exchanges, content, and dialogues to Northwest Arkansas. OM hosts monthly readings and writing workshops as well as many other writing and engagement opportunities for poets and community members. Their featured poets will share readings of their own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities.

And of course, don’t forget to grab a free art kit to take home with you!

Saturday, September 18

Activities from 2 – 6 PM

Artist of the Day: Ziba Rajabi

On Saturday, we have a day full of artists and performances! Kicking off the fun-filled day will be our artist-of-the-day, Ziba Rajabi! Ziba will be at the library from 2 to 6 p.m., and will be introducing guests to a printmaking influenced activity that involves a collagraph demonstration using cardboard, acrylic paint, and foam sheets. Following the art activity, Ziba will lead an artist discussion inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

Ziba is an Iranian artist whose primary practice is focused on painting, drawing, and fiber-based installation. Her work focuses on merging past memories of her native land, Tehran, and her current life here in Arkansas through abstract forms. You can see more of her work at the temporary exhibition Crystal Bridges at 10.

Ziba Rajabi
Poet Akau Anyieth

At 2 PM, an artist from the Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! will be our featured storyteller of the day! Their featured poet, Akau Anyieth, is a science teacher and an artist. He will share readings of his own work while guiding a storytelling circle, encouraging guests through activity prompts and storytelling to participate in writing and sharing stories about their experiences in their own communities.

Akau believes in the power of hands-on learning when it is immediately applicable in the real world. Akau has also studied animation for 5 years and hopes to one day open all-Black animation studio that features all-Black and African cartoons and creators.

Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! is sponsored by the local nonprofit organization Light House Solutions. Speak your Jewel is a diverse group of Social Artists within the NWA area. They come from all different walks of life to spark courage and participation within the community. Their artists are known for activating their jewels through dance, poetry, singing, painting and acting to deliver the power of their stories. Their mission is to help people believe humanity and divinity are one within us and their mantra is: You must never suffocate the genius that lies within you.

Papa Rap and the Fun Love Drum Circle

An extra pop-up performance by Papa Rap and the fun love drum circle will be held from 2 to 4 PM. Papa Rap will be performing alongside Bongo Luigi Vazquez and together they will teach everyone about different drum rhythms and cultures through reading stories, hands-on activities, singing and dancing!

Papa Rap, also known as Al Lopez, is a Puerto Rican musician who connects communities through music-making and performances. The goal of his music is to encourage understanding and togetherness through educational and fun lyricism!

For the finale of the tour, CB to You invites you to a live music gathering at 5 PM,  presented by The Gospel Trio: A Song in the Night in collaboration with Music Moves.

Join Music Moves for a celebration of National Gospel Music Month: an event designed to share the Gospel experience—a message of hope for the ages—with our community. Allow this evening of Gospel Music to take you on a journey for Black America that represents the quest of God, freedom, and family in America.

A Song in the Night features Northwest Arkansas vocal powerhouses Ella Donnell Lambey and Ocie Fisher.

Music Moves is dedicated to exposing local, regional, and national communities to the extraordinary contributions of Black people in all genres of music. Music Moves develops curriculum, interactive programs, and performances to share the stories of these individuals and their influence on American culture. Our mission is to make African American music accessible to students and to our communities through performance and education.

Don’t forget to pick up a free art kit to take home with you!

Performers in Gospel group A Song in the Night

About CB to You

The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is a traveling pop-up art experience energizing the power of community through art. Featuring regional artists from across Northwest Arkansas, the art lab will be visiting local libraries and festivals around the region to bring artmaking, music, storytelling, and more. Find out more about the program, see a full schedule of stops, and get to know our guest artists here!

The CB to You Mobile Art Lab is presented in partnership with Ziba Rijabi, Markeith Woods, Lakisha Harper Bradley, Trinity Kai, Tay Butler, and Junli Song. Pop-up performances will be performed by Papa Rap’s the fun love drum line, Craig Colorusso’s Lady Bug Cathedral Sessions, and Music Moves. Story sharing events are presented with Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, Open Mouth Reading Series, and Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel!