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CB to You Mobile Art Lab: Springdale

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CB to You Mobile Art Lab

Energizing Community Through Art!

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

Join us this December at the Jones Center (922 E Emma Ave) for three 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 ticket required.

Activity Details

Thursday, December 16

Activities from 3 to 6 PM

Artist of the Day:  Lakisha Bradley

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 will be on-site from 3 to 6 PM 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.

 

Lakisha Bradley
Guitarist Craig Colorusso

An extra pop-up performance will be given by artist Craig Colorusso! Craig will perform Ladybug Cathedral 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.

Friday, December 17

Activities from 3 to 6 PM

Artists of the Day: Junli Song

Junli will be on-site from 3 – 6 PM and will be introducing guests to a printmaking activity. Following the art activities, she’ll lead a discussion inspired by her own experiences with community, belonging, and resilience.

Junli is a storyteller and uses visual narratives to explore the cultural ambiguities of being Chinese American. Her work reveals how identity is fluid as inherited stories and traditions are continually evolving.

Don’t forget to pick up your free art kit!

Junli Song
Saturday, December 18

Activities from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Artists of the Day: Ziba Rajabi and Markeith Woods

On Saturday, we have a day full of artists and performances! Kicking off the fun-filled day will be Ziba Rajabi and Markeith Woods! Ziba and Markeith will be on-site from 11 AM – 2:30 PM and will be introducing guests to two artmaking activities: a printmaking-influenced activity that involves a collagraph demonstration using cardboard, acrylic paint, and foam sheets, and a painting and figure drawing activity inspired by portraits of community members. Following the art activity, they’ll lead an artist 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
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!

Poet Robyn Jordan

After the artist hours, storytelling events will be led by guest poets and storytellers Robyn Jordan and Stacy Harper (L.I.F.E.) from Poetic Justice: Speak Your Jewel! and Gaby Treviño from the Open Mouth Reading Series.

Robyn Jordan is a performing artist and promoter. As a fervent networker and self-taught dancer of over 15 years, she wants to eliminate barriers for women of color and heighten a sense of belonging and security in the creative arts community for BIPOC, underserved women and genderqueer people. Inspired by fluidity and duality, Jordan enjoys fostering safe and inclusive environments that empower others to express themselves freely and authentically.

artist Stacy Harper

Stacy Harper, also known as L.I.F.E, is an accomplished business owner in Northwest Arkansas, community leader, writer/poet, actress, childrens singer and songwriter, motivational speaker, and youth advocate specializing in working with at-risk teens. She is the creator of poetry and paint’s “Speak Your Jewel”.

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 Gaby Trevino

Gabby Treviño is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas Creative Writing program, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 2020. Gabby started her writing journey when she was eight years old and has continued to nurture that through coursework and workshopping in smaller, more intimate settings with trusted friends. In her writing, she explores the complicated nature of her identity, the sense of displacement ever so present, and generational healing and nurturing in relation to gender expectations. Maya Angelou is one of her biggest inspirations. She is passionate about equity in the literary arts and hopes to affect change through her work. She was born in Georgia, raised in Arkansas, but her roots are firmly planted in the South Texas/Mexico border. She is working toward publication and is excited for this opportunity to focus on her craft.

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 at 1 PM,  presented by performers from the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese (ACOM) 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!