Common Ground#337

Indigo Arts Alliance

Cultivating the artistic development of people of African descent


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Co-founders Marcia and Daniel Minter join art historian Jessamine Batario for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Brandon Wint.

In this talk

Marcia Minter

A Photo of Marcia Minter
An experienced creative professional, Marcia Minter is an arts advocate and community leader deeply committed to social and cultural activism. Having served on numerous boards representing the interest of underrepresented voices, talents and citizen constituents, she co-founded Indigo Arts Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the creative cultivation of artists of African descent. Minter spent her professional career as a Creative Director for some of the world’s most iconic brands. Currently she serves on the Maine Arts Commission, is a Trustee of the Portland Museum of Art and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her expertise areas include Creative Strategy, Ideation, Curatorial and Exhibition planning and implementation.

Daniel Minter

A Photo of Daniel Minter
American artist Daniel Minter is known for his work in painting and assemblage. His overall body of work often deals with themes of displacement and diaspora; ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter works in varied media – canvas, wood, metal, paper, twine, rocks, nails, paint. Minter’s work has been featured in numerous institutions and galleries including the Seattle Art Museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum, and many others. He is a recipient of the 2021 Joyce Award. Minter is co-founder and Artist Director of Indigo Arts Alliance.

Jessamine Batario

Drawing of Jessamine Batario by Phong Bui
Drawing by Phong Bui
Art historian Jessamine Batario specializes in modern and contemporary art. She received her PhD in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Batario currently lives in Waterville, Maine, where she is the Linde Family Foundation Curator of Academic Engagement at the Colby College Museum of Art. She was the guest critic for the Rail in March 2020.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Brandon Wint reading.

Brandon Wint

Brandon Wint
Ontario born poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.

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