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I’m so honored to be with these renowned “Culture Keepers”.

📍Literacy Through the Arts📍

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor National Heritage Area has partnered with the Brainerd Institute Heritage located in Chester, SC to curate an interactive cultural experience that will bring to life historical traditions and heritage! This event will feature some of our renowned culture keepers including Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, Aunt Pearlie Sue and The Gullah Kinfolk and Gullah Traveling Theatre, and Actress & Artist Natalie Daise of the 90’s show “Gullah Gullah Island”!

💐💐History💐💐 The Brainerd Institute was an elite freedmen’s school formed for African Americans in 1866 after Reconstruction by the Presbyterian Church.

Poet, cultural activist, and mother of actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen Rashad and director and choreographer Debbie Allen, Dr. Vivian Ayers Allen is a member of the last graduating class of Brainerd Institute in 1939. The Brainerd Estate was purchased by Rashad for her mother with the desire to restore the building to its’ full operational use and convert it into a cultural arts center, with a focus on teaching and learning!

06/18 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm The Brainerd Institute | 115 Marquis Street, Chester, SC

This event is free and open to the public!

Poster Artwork: Amiri Geuka Farris

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The initiative begins with a small intimate and magical experience of cultural island energy, food, music and the deep richness of flowing MELODIC WINDS and WATERS of our Gullah African Ancestral Roots.

The series launches with a beachfront concert by Mahoganëë, co-founder of Responsible ARTistry a lyrical storyteller who has crafted Soulful Songs of Social Justice, Geneaology, Southern Food, Black Land, Black Love and Black Excellence. Music to incite Healing Conversations.

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New Years Day Gullah Celebration | iss goin down ♥️🖤💚 ‼️SOLD OUT‼️ January 1, 2022 Historic St. Helena Island, SC 🌴 Fah Da Kulcha 🌴 Roasted Local Oysters Gullah Style Fish Soup Hoppin John (no meat) Fried Bone-in /Filet Fish Smoked Pasture Raised Chicken Collard Greens (No Meat) Cole Slaw/Cornbread & Dessert

If you’ve seen the Netflix Special “High On The Hog” you’ve seen these two amazing Gullah Chefs. Gullah Chef Bill Green and Chef BJ Dennis. DJ Scrap @Scrap_OnDeck : Live Music by Mahoganëë & Mr. Bounce Back

Cocktails, Crowns and Convo

A Virtual Event in Honor of National Headwrap Day | Honoring the Legacy & Heritage of Crowns Presented by Ngome Lifestyle

FREE but you must REGISTER


Presenters: Celeste Smith, The Pittsburgh Foundation and Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artist Committee Co-Chair; Jessica Gaynelle Moss, artist, independent curator, art collector, and arts consultant; Mahoganëë Amiger, vocalist, recording artist, songwriter and youth educator-mentor; Lillian Osei-Boateng, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Support for Individual Artist Committee Member; Alicia Bell, Borealis Philanthropy; Allen Kwabena Frimpong, ZEAL; Meena Malik, New England Foundation for the Arts; Quita Sullivan, New England Foundation for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts Board Member; Tiffany Wilhelm, Opportunity Fund; Ce Scott-Fitts, South Carolina Arts Commission and Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artist Committee Co-chair

The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) defines reparations as “A process of repairing, healing, and restoring a people injured because of their group identity and in violation of their fundamental human rights by governments, corporations, institutions and families. Those groups that have been injured have the right to obtain from the government, corporation, institution, or family responsible for the injuries that which is needed to repair and heal themselves. In addition to being a demand for justice, it is a principle of international human rights law.” With this in mind, how should arts and culture funders respond to the needs and debts that are owed to artists? What does this process of repairing, healing, and restoring look like when funders face the realities of “swimming with the current” and institutional best practice? How can funders leverage power to be a mover and shaker within the institution? Join the individual artist virtual preconference workshop to explore how funders can be advocates for artists in reconciliation from systemic harm in the form of wealth building and reparations. Let’s explore and discuss the possibilities.

The Support for Individual Artist Committee will join the GIA team in the development of the day’s agenda.

Grantmakers in the Arts is a national association of public and private arts funders - providing members with resources and leadership to support artists and arts organizations.