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For Freedoms Community Conversation » Freedom of Worship
In honor of our newest temporary exhibition, Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… and the ongoing efforts of For Freedoms, Crystal Bridges presents a series of four community conversations to deepen our understanding of issues affecting Northwest Arkansas communities.
We invite you to participate in these conversations with a diverse group of local speakers including artists, city officials, and community leaders in the sharing of personal stories and work in relation to the topic. Each event will focus on one of the four freedoms, asking universal questions to spark conversation such as: “What does truth mean to you? What does an adequate standard of living mean to you? What does safety mean to you? What does love mean to you?”
The stories shared in this program are meant to bring different voices from the community together in a shared non-partisan space. All are welcome to participate and we ask you to come with a spirit of reciprocity.
In this Community Conversation:
Freedom of Worship will be viewed through the frame of universal love, “What does love mean to you?” Speakers and audience members will be asked to recall a time when you first understood what “love your neighbor” / “love others” meant, and to reflect on how that experience helped frame the way you saw/see the world. Universal questions may include: How does love affect your actions? Who deserves love? How does love transcend religious views?
This conversation will be led by the following speakers:
- Mama C, artist, poet and civil rights leader
- Lucy Capelle, Marshallese church pastor
- Jasper Logan, local youth mentor and hip hop artist
- Imam Abdellah Essalki, Islamic Center of Northwest Arkansas
- Doug Sprouse, Mayor of Springdale
This event is free with online registration and registered attendees will receive a FREE admission ticket to Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… at the event. The programs will be moderated by fellows from the University of Arkansas IDEALS Institute.
Please note that a Crystal Bridges member will be taking photos and videos at this event. This footage may be used for internal purposes, such as promoting the next event or archiving. If you would prefer not to be photographed or recorded, you may opt out at the event.
Mama C Former Black Panther Mama Charlotte Hill O’Neal is an accomplished poet, musician and visual artist, and Founding Director of Tanzania’s United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC), which promotes community development in rural Africa. She is visiting Northwest Arkansas as part of her 24th Anniversary of the UAACC Heal the Community Spring Tour 2020 in the United States. She provides a unique perspective on the three decades of UAACC’s international community outreach including the UAACC Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home program; Study Abroad; Volunteer Service, Artist-in-Residence and intern opportunities! Wherever Mama C goes, she spreads Love, Blessings, and Inspiration in an earthy and effective style that is uniquely her own.
Lucy Capelle was born and raised in the Marshall Islands. She loves to serve people in any way she can. Lucy works at the Arkansas Coalition for Marshallese, where she’s served as Project Coordinator for the Diabetes Prevention Program. She also loves to sing in her free time.
Jasper Logan is a hip-hop artist from Chicago. Jasper has been creating music and performing since the age of 12. He has released 1 EP entitled Underneath There Are Diamonds (available everywhere, iTunes, Spotify, etc) 2 Mixtapes entitled, The Prelude (available on noisetrade) and Success, are available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Jasper Logan latest release, 94 South to Dolton Avenue is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Jasper Logan is the 2016 Alchemy Songwriting competition 1st place winner for his song entitled Black Excellence (which is featured on his latest release Success). Jasper also has a documentary you can find on youtube that goes along with Success.
Imam Abdellah Essalki is originally from Morocco in Northwest Africa. He is the president and Imam for the Islamic Center for Northwest Arkansas. He currently serves as a chaplain with Tyson Foods. Essalki has a J.D. in M.Ed. from the University of Arkansas and a B.A. and M.A. from AlQuarouine University in Morocco.
Mayor Doug Sprouse is a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas. He grew up in Springdale, where he and his family operated a small business for 35 yrs. From 1999-2008, he served on the Springdale School Board, serving as president from 2005 to 2007. In November of 2008, he was elected mayor of the City of Springdale. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016 without opposition. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Regional Mobility Authority, and currently serves the State of Arkansas on the nine-member State Aid Street Committee. He’s the immediate past president of the Arkansas Municipal League and continues to serve as a member of the League’s Executive Committee. He and his wife, Sandy, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren, all living in Northwest Arkansas.
Photo credit: PHOTOGRAPHS BY HANK WILLIS THOMAS + EMILY SHUR. COURTESY OF FOR FREEDOMS.