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CB to You Mobile Art Lab: Fort Smith

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CB to You Mobile Art Lab

Energizing Community Through Art!

Fort Smith, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab is returning to your neighborhood!

Join us this December at the Boys and Girls Club Jeffery Center (4905 North O St) for a day of creativity and conversation focused on energizing communities through art. 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 ticket required.

Activity Details

Saturday, December 4

Activities from 11 AM to 2:30 PM

Artist of the Day: Markeith Woods, Ziba Rajabi, and Lakisha Bradley

Markeith, Ziba, and Lakisha will be on-site from 11 AM to 2:30 PM and will be introducing guests to three different art activities:  a painting and figure drawing activity inspired by portraits of community members; a printmaking-influenced activity that involves a collagraph demonstration using cardboard, acrylic paint, and foam sheets; and a therapeutic art studio experience involving acrylic paint. Following the art activities, the artists will lead a discussion inspired by their own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

Markeith is a portraitist who is interested in human character and uses symbols, words, and images to recreate his experiences. He uses many mediums, such as charcoal, graphite, acrylic, and pastels, to observe the subjects that interest him.

 

Markeith Woods

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.

Ziba Rajabi

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
Papa Rap and the Fun Love Drum Circle

An extra pop-up performance will be given by Papa Rap and the fun love drum circle! 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!

Writer Justine Ryan

After the artist hours, storytelling events will be led by guest poets and storytellers Justine Ryan from Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! and Jordan Smith from the Open Mouth Reading Series.

Justine Ryan is a local actor, singer, writer, and world traveler. She just finished performing as Mrs. Phelps in Theatre Squared’s Matilda The Musical. When she is not performing locally with LatinX Theatre Project or other groups in the Ozark area, she is assisting people of the BIPOC community on how to be a global citizen through her podcast Study Abroad Like A “G” The Podcast.

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.

Poet Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith is a poet by necessity, not training. She writes about moments in time she wants to preserve and seeks to keep poetry accessible as a form of storytelling. She is from Monticello, Arkansas, and has recently been selected as December’s Resident Poet for Open Mouth Literacy Center. She studies literature and history at the University of Arkansas and values the stories of ordinary people above all. Please tell her your stories!

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.

Then, for the finale of the tour, CB to You invites you to a live music gathering and talk at 1 PM,  presented by Fort Smith blues band Goodluck Slim and Music Moves.

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!

Music Moves logo

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!