August 21, 2021
BLACKLANDIA The People’s Youth Art and Poetry Show with Ginger Galloway
Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 AM-Noon, on Zoom
Inlandia Institute’s Blacklandia Event Series Presents
The People’s Youth Art and Poetry Show
with Ginger Galloway and guest curators Lisa Henry and Nikia Chaney
Open to Black/African American/Mixed Race Youth (who are residents of the Inland Empire)
TO ATTEND The People’s Youth Art and Poetry Show via Zoom on August 21, please register here: https://tinyurl.com/ICreateEvent.
TO SUBMIT art and poetry: https://tinyurl.com/icreateit
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: August 10, 2021
Showcasing the talents of young people in the Inland Empire, “I Create” is a curated virtual showcase of art and poetry by BIPOC youth ages 10-18. The event features bold artistic pieces that speak to the topic “I Create” and show exceptional artistic strength and courage. Artists/Poets may submit no more than three of their best pieces of work. Deadline for submissions is August 10, 2021. Artists/Poets of selected work will be notified via email and are asked to be present at the event on August 21, 2021 to talk about their work or read their poetry.
Ginger M. Galloway, Curator, is an author, poet and artist. Born and raised in San Diego, she moved to the Inland Empire in 2003 where she lives with her husband and four of their seven children. Ginger has authored an illustrated a number of books and is a proud member of Blacklandia. Ginger teaches art to kids at Enhance the Gift Academy and hosts the African American Book Festival IE.
Book Launch and Book Signing for Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how I became a punk rock lawyer) by Juanita E. Mantz, Esq.
Saturday, August 21, 2021 (1:00-4:00 PM)
Inlandia Institute Book Launch and Book Signing for
Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how I became a punk rock lawyer) by Juanita E. Mantz, Esq.
In person at Riverside Art Museum (masks required)
4178 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Open to the public with admission to RAM $5 adults/$3 seniors & students
On Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 1:00-4:00 PM, join Inlandia Institute at Riverside Art Museum for a one-of-a kind book launch for a one-of-a kind book. Writer, performer, podcaster – and attorney – Juanita E. Mantz, Esq. will be reading and signing her just-released chapbook from Bamboo Dart Press, Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how I became a punk rock lawyer) accompanied by – what else? – punk music! DJ Eser will be jockeying disks in the atrium, and Bamboo Dart writers Romaine Washington and Allan Callaci will join Juanita in the literary mosh pit for some additional readings. Don’t miss it!
Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender by Juanita E. Mantz, Esq. is a multi-genre chapbook containing memoir pieces, social justice essays and poetry. It describes the author’s love of punk rock and her quest to challenge the system of mass incarceration as a deputy public defender and the intersection between punk rock and public defense.
Juanita E. Mantz (“JEM”) is a deputy public defender, writer, performer and podcaster, one who believes that stories have the power to change the world. She graduated from UCR in 1999 with a Bachelor's in English Literature and received her J.D. from USC Law in 2002. She is in the low residency MFA creative writing program at The University of New Orleans. Juanita has been with the Law Offices of the Public Defender in Riverside County for over a decade. She specializes in representing incompetent clients under PC Section 1368 and has taken many serious felony cases to trial on their mental health issues.
BLACKLANDIA How to Write About Black Art: An Introductory Course with Richard Allen May III and Natasha Gural
Saturdays, August 14, 21 & 28, 2021 (4:00-5:30 PM)
Inlandia Institute’s Blacklandia Event Series Presents
How to Write About Black Art: An Introductory Course with Richard Allen May III and Natasha Gural
THREE Virtual Workshops on Zoom
FREE and open to the public but registration is required.
To register: https://tinyurl.com/BlacklandiaEvents
This workshop will address general questions, such as: What is art criticism? What is its value? What are its approaches and evolution as it correlates to African American art? Participants will be introduced to the historical challenges of approaching the practice of describing, interpreting, critically analyzing, and unpacking Black art for the reader/viewer. Participants will begin journals that contain brief (one-page) descriptions and interpretations of African American art, as viewed in person or online.
The second workshop will briefly discuss the traditional approaches to writing about Black art that have saturated this practice – along with the significance and impact of Alain Locke as it pertains to his influence as a theorist, writer, and key strategist of the Harlem Renaissance. Through this workshop, participants will understand the role and challenges faced by art writers who “unpack” Black art.
The final workshop in this series will introduce students to additional approaches to writing about art, the “language” of describing art, and the guidelines for interpreting it. Additionally, participants will be introduced to criteria for judging art – and to individuals, whose writing on Black art was, and still is, significant. Students will keep a diverse file of Black art exhibition reviews to understand the various approaches by writers to make the art accessible for viewers.
Artist and educator, Richard Allen May III comes with a wealth of knowledge about the AfriCOBRA Movement, having written the forward to AfriCOBRA: Experimental Art Toward a School of Thought, published by Duke University, 2020. He is a staff writer at Artillery magazine and his work has been displayed in art galleries throughout the Inland Empire, as well as exhibits throughout the United States. May has taught courses in community colleges, universities, and prisons and will discuss his artwork in the context of community. https://richardmayart.com/
This program made possible with funding by Inland Empire Community Foundation through Arts for IE, a joint project of Riverside Arts Council and Arts Connection.