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CB to You Mobile Art Lab

CB to You Mobile Art Lab

Energizing Community Through Art!

Coming soon to a library near you: the CB to You Mobile Art Lab!

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.

The mobile art lab will run from August 18 to December 20, with each stop on the tour providing four days of creativity and conversation. From live demonstrations and drop-in artmaking to artist talks and live music, the CB to You Mobile Art Lab promises to bring a bit of inspired fun for everyone.

Find out when CB to You is coming to your community here, or sign up for eNews to learn more about what’s happening with Crystal Bridges.

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!

Getting to Know You Tour

 

Please check individual event listings for details on artists, activities, and performances.

Keep an eye on this space for updates about the return tour, or sign up for eNews and be the first to hear where the mobile art lab is headed next!

What to Expect at CB to You

 

  • Art in Action: With interactive artist demos and drop-in studio visits, each of CB to You’s guest artists will explore what community means through resilience and storytelling. You’ll get to meet the artists, hear about their inspiration, and even make some works of your own.
  • Art and Inspiration Coming to You: The mobile art lab will tour from August 18 to December 20, visiting local community libraries and festivals for four days. Libraries included on the tour are Rogers, Springdale, Fort Smith, Fayetteville satellite location, Siloam Springs, Huntsville, and West Fork. Each day of the visit will feature different activities and artists, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening and weekend. Each stop will culminate in a free outdoor concert and community art showcase.
  • A Place to be Heard through Story Sharing: Guest artists will host discussions with community members about their works. We’ll also have Storycircles facilitated by artists from the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, Open Mouth Reading Series, and Poetic Justice Collective: Speak Your Jewell for guests to share their own stories of community, family, and resilience.
  • Something to Take With You: Besides the inspiration and fun, we’ll also have free art kits at partner libraries with art supplies and free exhibition tickets for the museum’s temporary art exhibition Crystal Bridges at 10.
  • Twice the Fun: After getting to know you on the first tour, we’ll be returning to each library later in the Fall with brand new experiences, artists, and artworks that you’ll have a hand in shaping. Created in response to what each community has to say,  our return tour will be our way of saying “thank you” to all the fantastic hosts, artists, community partners, and people that we’ve met along the way.

CB to You Guest Artists

 

Ziba Rajabi

Ziba Rajabi (b.1988, Tehran, Iran) received her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her BFA from the Sooreh University, Tehran. Her primary practice is focused on painting, drawing, and fiber-based installation. She is the recipient of the Artist 360 Grant, a program sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions, nationally and internationally. She also has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.

Ziba Rajabi
Markeith Woods

Markeith Woods, a native of Pine Bluff, AR, is a 2014 graduate from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts. In 2015, he attended Memphis College of Art for a year where he studied painting and drawing. Now, Woods is in his final year of his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he received a full ride, including a Graduate Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship. Within his seven years of college experience, Woods had been very involved in art competitions and community projects. He is a National artist who has exhibited at various locations including, Agora Gallery in NYC, a solo show at Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, winner of the Arkansas Arts Council SWOP, and has an upcoming show at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to name a few. The media Woods works with is charcoal, graphite, acrylic, pastels, and oil pastels.

Aside from being an artist, Woods is also an art educator. He worked for the Arts & Science Center in Pine Bluff, AR as an assistant educator where he gave tours and gained experience with organizing educational classes. This led him to an opportunity to work as a substitute teacher on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s at Lighthouse Academy Charter School in Pine Bluff, AR. He was responsible for providing classroom learning and activities to students’ grades K-6th. From that experience, he furthered his educational career by becoming a full-time elementary Art Teacher, where he served two years. Woods is committed to motivating the world through the Arts by inspiring, educating, and teaching hope in order to embrace purpose.

Markeith Woods
Lakisha Bradley

Lakisha Bradley is a Social Practice Artist, Executive Director and Founder of MY-T-BY-DESIGN Therapeutic Art Studios located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where the goal is that you leave with a smile. Lakisha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the Historical Black College University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University; and currently pursuing her license in Counseling with an emphasis in Play Therapy at John Brown University as a means to expand her reach in the community serving those in need through Art Therapy. She is the 2021 MLK Unity Celebration “Envision Award” for outstanding community service from the City of Springdale, the 2020 recipient of the Leading with Excellence Entrepreneurship award for the Northwest Arkansas area, and continues to serve her community.

Since launching MY-T-BY-DESIGN, Lakisha has sparked over 5500 individuals to discover their SUPERGENIOUS potential through art.  As a mom, wife, and auntie, Lakisha loves spending valuable time and creating memories with family and friends. She believes that the one thing that is constantly moving is time, and it is up to us how we embrace the ride that determines our life journey. “We are all masterpieces in the making. It’s in the power of our story (imperfections and all) that makes the masterpiece complete. You are mighty by design!”

Lakisha Bradley
Trinity Kai

Trinity Kai holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an MFA from the University of Arkansas School of Art. Kai creates work through the lens of her own personal narrative that examines societal systems of discrimination. She creates multiple forms of language through self-portraiture, written language, and materiality to share her experiences and bring viewers into conversations that can be reflective and transformational. Her work has been exhibited nationwide and resides in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Kai Trinity
Tay Butler

Tay Butler is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Houston and studying in Fayetteville, AR. Currently an MFA candidate of the University of Arkansas’s Photography and Studio Art program, Tay received his BFA in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston. Retiring from the US Army and abandoning a dream engineering career to search for purpose, Tay reignited a rich appreciation for Black history and a deep love for imagery. With the Great Black Migration as the launching point, Tay creates a historically-layered body of work and permeates his work with the present-day and archival Black experience, submerged in the histories, realities and theories that influence them.

Tay is consistently building a portfolio of photography, collage/assemblage, video, music and sound exhibitions and installations. Solo exhibitions of his work include RE.Migrant I & II at Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. Group exhibitions featuring his work have been seen in Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ. Performance exhibitions include Jefferson Pinder’s Fire and Movement for Diverse Works, Houston. Tay teaches Collage and Fundamentals courses for the University of Arkansas and has taught private and community workshops for Project Row Houses and The Center for Fine Art Photography.

Tay Butler
Junli Song

Junli Song grew up in Chicago, but lived abroad from 2012 to 2018 in South Korea, England, Italy, and South Africa. Her studies are similarly widespread: she originally majored in economics and international development before returning to the creative path, first with an MA in children’s book illustration, and currently, an MFA with a concentration in printmaking. As a storyteller, she uses visual narratives to explore the cultural ambiguities of being Chinese American. Drawing upon the fantasy and humor inherent in self-making within diasporic societies, her work reveals how identity is fluid as inherited stories and traditions are continually evolving.

Junli Song

About Community Engagement at Crystal Bridges

 

CB to You Mobile art Lab is a part of our Art in Communities project. Learn more about our community engagement work here.