As Charlotte-Mecklenburg grows, how can we
leverage creativity to build strong communities and keep our region affordable?
Join us for a morning of learning and discussion regarding the many ways art and
artists can help strengthen and support equitable affordable housing and
community development initiatives.
Artists, researchers, and facilitators from ArtPlace America and the Center for
Performance Practice will share examples from around the country of how
creative community development projects and placemaking strategies are helping
to meet affordable housing goals. Artists from Nashville and Charlotte will
also add their voices to the conversation, sharing poetry, photography, and
We invite affordable housing advocates, developers, policymakers, artists,
civic leaders and community members for an interactive community building and
learning session. Join us to build our collective knowledge about these
innovative new forms of partnerships, and brainstorm how we might build work
together in Charlotte-Mecklenburg that benefits all.
M. Simone Boyd is a
writer exploring what makes relationships and neighborhoods thrive or die.
Whether its academic research shared as creative non-fiction or a workshop…she
tells stories. At least once a week, people—some incarcerated—share that her novel, The
Day Sonny Died, has made them hopeful. Currently, she is an
artists-in-residence at Metro Nashville Public Health Department and the
recipient of the 2018-2019 Literary Arts Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts
Kim Graham is Executive Director of the Greater Charlotte
Apartment Association (GCAA), the trade association for the Charlotte region’s
multifamily housing providers and suppliers. Prior to joining the GCAA, Kim was the Senior Vice President of Outreach
and Fund Development for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. In this role, she served as project lead for more than
$1.8 million in community stabilization grants to benefit neighborhoods in the
Statesville Avenue Corridor and coordinated critical partnerships with national
and local organizations including NeighborWorks America® and the McColl Center
for Art + Innovation. These partnerships resulted in the first environmental
art installations within the 98-acre BrightWalk campus, public art being slated
for the Northwest Corridor and renovations to Anita Stroud and Druid Hills
parks. Additional professional experience
includes stints with the North Carolina Parent and Teachers Association, United
Way of Central Carolinas, GreerWalker and the former Arthur Andersen. A Philadelphia native, Kim holds a Master of Public
Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a
B.A. from Johnson C. Smith University.
Hannah Hasan is a spoken word
storyteller who uses the art of the spoken word through poetry and storytelling
to create change, build bridges of connection, and shed light on some of the
most pressing social issues of our time. In addition to writing commissioned
poetry, leading story sharing master classes, and public speaking--through her
business Epoch Tribe-- Hannah plans and executes events, master classes, and
workshops that are centered around using stories for social impact. Her Muddy
Turtle Talks are a series of live story-sharing events-- conceptualized,
written, and produced by Hannah — that showcase the true stories of a community
impacted by gentrification and erasure. Hannah obtained her Bachelor of Arts
degree from North Carolina A&T State University in 2006 and her Master of
Fine Arts degree from Full Sail University in 2012. She has extensive
professional experience working in programming for nonprofit organizations,
social ventures, and arts-based programming.
Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr., a native of Rockford, IL, is a
professional photographer and image activist, based in Charlotte, NC. As a
transplant to the Queen City, he spent time honing his craft through
experiences on the front lines of local and national social justice movements.
He has since emerged on the scene as a premier photographer and
photo-documentarian. He specializes in social documentary, professional
sports, portrait, editorial, and fashion photo-graphic projects. His
distinctive aesthetic is marked by a propensity for highlighting stark contrast
and in dealing in the black & white - both in photography and in the world.
has been commissioned for and has collaborated on various projects
across the nation - including stints with the NFL, NBA, NASCAR - and has
contributed social commentary via interviews on CNN, HLN, and Fox News
networks and various local outlets. In one of his most recent
endeavors, he is a featured artist in the co-curated exhibit,
entitled K(no)w Justice, K(no)w Peace at the Levine Museum of
the New South. Additionally, Davidson College hosted his first solo photography
exhibition, entitled Three Steps Back: A Call To Action.
After wrapping up a commissioned event photography assignment
on Jay-Z's 4:44 tour, Jacobs has returned to his social
justice roots with his 2018 exhibition, Welcome to
Brookhill, commissioned by the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American
Arts and Culture. Jacobs
is also a 2018 Charlotte Magazine Charlottean of The Year recipient and
Best Photographer - Exhibition award winner by Creative Loafing.
Rebecca Martinez is a Brooklyn-based theatre
artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and the program
director of Learning Lab and Catalyst Initiative. Her work focuses on
co-designed arts-based strategies. As a member of Sojourn Theatre, she has
worked as a director, choreographer and facilitator for multiple national
projects and with the company she has worked as a lead artist on projects
including DON’T GO (USC), How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Cleveland
Public Theater & Vanderbilt University), On the Table, Finding Penelope,
Islands of Milwaukee, and keynote performances for several national
conferences, including Americans for the Arts, Network of Ensemble Theaters,
and Independent Sector.
Danya Sherman is a strategist
and writer who specializes in collaboratively developing initiatives that build
a more creative and just society. Danya is a senior consultant and team member
with ArtPlace America. She also runs an arts and community development
consultancy based in Boston, where she works primarily on innovation and
organizational effectiveness in the non-profit and government sectors.
Previously she founded and directed the Department of Public Programs &
Community Engagement at Friends of High Line and co-founded the MIT Case Study
Initiative. Her writing has been published in Next City, Shelterforce, and by
Rutgers University Press. She holds a Master's in City Planning from MIT and a
Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University.