Join artist and creative Janelle Gray in listening to and learning from narratives about Black culture told by Black people.
*Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30-8:00pm EST / 5:30-7:00pm CST
This 4-week class will explore art forms such as literature, television, art and song in order to appreciate and analyze Black narratives. Janelle will guide the class in reading work from classic authors such as Toni Morrison and James Baldwin to the more modern Glory Edim and Danez Smith, listening to music by Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill, analyzing Black art commonly shared on Instagram, and discussing the narratives of TV shows like The Cosby Show, Black-ish and Dear White People to name a few.
The class will contemplate the historical and political context surrounding these pieces, the message and why it's needed and the impact of the art on our communities. The goal is for audiences to develop a broader artistic palette that may provide insight into parallel experiences that would otherwise go unseen. By doing so, the hope is that we all come to respect and hear these forms of expression and ultimately see Black art as simply art. This class is appropriate for adults and young people ages 15+.
*Can't make all the classes? They will be recorded and a video link will made available to participants for a limited time!
About the Instructor
Janelle Gray is a creative and instructor from Dallas, Texas. She is a creative writer, blogger, podcaster, producer, teacher, student, and creative writing consultant with experience in assistant directing short films. Gray produces and publishes under her company, All A Gray Area. To date, she has four published books, a CD titled Handle This, and a portfolio of plays, short films, TV series, and feature films. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish and is a graduate of Harvard University Extension School with a Master of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature. She is a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Dallas where she also teaches Rhetoric.
Gray is also the founder and co-producer of Echoes Media — a social justice organization dedicated to eradicating discrimination by promoting platforms to unseen communities. She is passionate about empowering others to use their voices and share their stories in effort to foster a more empathetic and connected global community.
If the cost of this class is a barrier, we encourage you to email Tara Palen at firstname.lastname@example.org, as scholarships may be available.
Participating from outside the US? Contact Tara Palen (email@example.com) and she will help you process your registration payment!