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Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition - Panel Discussion (Virtual)

Sep 17, 2020 / 6pm - 7 pm

Calendar: Event/Performance
Categories: ArtWalk
Age Groups: All

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The Black Artists of Spartanburg Exhibition panel discussion will be moderated by Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Spartanburg School District Seven, and Chapman Cultural Center Trustee, Dr. Carlotta Redish. The panel will discuss their experiences as Black artists, their work, and the overall importance the arts play in regards to social justice issues. Participating artists include: TheMadddArtist, Lady Pluuto, Patricia Kabore, Ariel Moore, Smitha Lee, Spark Howard, Antonio Modesto Milian, James “Edras” Goff, and Arialle Kennedy Smith.

About the Participants:

Roderice Cardell - Also known as MADDD or "THEMADDDARTIST", is a triple threat artist. This international recording artist, thespian, and visual/performing artist is considered by his peers as a “renaissance man before his time.” He has been featured on TedX Greenville, in Spartanburg Magazine, and is currently spotlighted in the mini-documentary series “Local Takes.” You may have seen him on national and local television, theatrical plays such as Dreamgirls, A Raisin in the Sun, and Godspell just to name a few. Roderice has used his artistic abilities to overcome oppression, stress, depression and anxiety and believes that mental health is the backbone of his career. “I believe everything is connected, and everything is art. I usually begin a new painting with random brushstrokes of color or I sling paint onto the canvas to create violent and uncontrolled responses to the music. The works unpredictability and intuitively create a responsibility for the rhythm of the music and emotional connection I have with the content of the music. I use this same process when writing and recording my own music.” He wants his works to inspire his community and the world. Roderice’s latest artwork, which is part of the global movement Black Lives Matter, is featured in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. His debut single “Rodney” is dedicated to the late Rodney King in hopes of promoting more awareness to police brutality and reminding us that history will repeat itself if we do not attack issues head-on. We have to look deep within the history of America and recognize the root of hate and how do we respond with love for all people.

Spark Howard - Spark is a young artist currently studying to become an art teacher. "Be it traditional or digital; all I do is doodle."

Patricia Kabore - "I am a printmaker and mixed media artist who did not begin my art career until I was in my mid-40s after a serious accident. I am not formally trained but have learned through independent studies and workshops. I began as a fiber artist, specializing in Indigo Shibori, which I became interested in when I lived in West Africa. Currently, I have my work in the permanent collection of seven national and regional museums, and three other private collections."

Lady Pluuto - Lady Pluuto was born in Georgia on June 10, 1991. Her love for art began at an early age. She was a lonely soul and increasingly difficult to understand. Despite having a strong bond with her parents and siblings, excessive moving throughout her childhood led to extreme social anxiety. Pluuto created friendships and places of solitude through her art, unconsciously searching for stable relationships with people who understood her. After losing her father to cancer in the summer of 2011, Pluuto's mental stability went for a free fall. She suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts. Pluuto taught herself to paint as a hobby in 2015 to build confidence and to create an outlet for her emotions. This interest in self-discovery led her up a spiritual path. She became a member of the Artists Collective | Spartanburg in 2019 and began her new journey.

Dr. Carlotta D. Redish - Dr. Carlotta Redish serves Spartanburg School District 7 as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.  She has over 15 years of experience building and leading equity and social-emotional learning in the classroom.  Dr. Redish established the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, an employee resource group, with representation from each school site who serve as ambassadors for diversity, inclusion, and equity in District 7.  Dr. Redish also established the first annual District 7 district-wide book club, The Table, with the selection of WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?   In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), she facilitated and supported Professional Development on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to ensure optimal learning opportunities for all students.  She designed curriculum for and delivered training for classroom teachers, administrators, and curriculum coaches on district policies and instruction programs.  Dr. Redish collaborated with fellow LAUSD Secondary Literacy Specialists in creating, writing, and developing social studies curriculum guides for grades 8, 11, and 12 with a primary focus on culturally relevant pedagogy.  In the Atlanta Public School System, Dr. Redish was committee chairperson leading the formation and implementation of a Law and Government theme school, designed to be a school within a school, where she taught to address the needs of underprivileged and underserved students.  Dr. Redish successfully completed the Certified Diversity Professional Certification Course at the Purdue Research Center, the Racial Equity Institute in Greensboro, N.C., and the Diversity Leaders Institute at Furman University.  She has conducted professional development training sessions on Unconscious Bias, LBGTQ+, Equity for Special Needs Students, and other topics pertaining to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  She serves as an Adjunct Professor for several local colleges and universities. She earned  a Bachelor, Master’s, and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of South Carolina----a proud USC GAMECOCK.

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