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Rise Up, Scale Up Listening Lab 4-Part Webinar Series Presents "Art & Culture Perspective"
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced, and culturally appropriate food. Our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger. As a “people’s think and do tank,” our mission is to end the injustices that cause hunger and support communities to take back control of their food systems. We advance our mission through three interrelated work areas: research, education and action. Since its first book, Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Food First has published over 60 books and hundreds of articles and research reports. Our goal, now, is to not only continue that legacy, but to broaden our actions aimed at amplifying BIPOC-led voices in communities and movements that expose the root causes of hunger, mobilize local food system implementation strategies, and advance real solutions.

May 26, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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E. Gaynell Sherrod (Moderator)
Associate Professor, Dance + Choreography @VCUARTS
E. Gaynell Sherrod is an associate professor of Dance + Choreography. She serves as the interim executive director of the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). She is a Fulbright-Hayes scholar wherein she traveled throughout Brazil to study African-derived spiritual dance forms. Her artistic and theoretical works are steeped in the pedagogy of dance, music and theater out of the African Diaspora cultural traditions. Sherrod began training with Kariamu Welsh Asante and Pearl Reynolds, studying African-derived dance forms and the Dunham technique. She has served on the dance faculty at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, and subsequently pursued a career in dance performance. She has spent 15 years performing, touring and teaching with such groups as Philadanco and Urban Bush Women. As the Director of Dance Education for New York City public schools (2000-2003), she designed and implemented professional training initiatives for dance educators and teaching artists.
ShakaJamal Redmond (he/him)
Chief Creator @Olu8 Film & Culture
ShakaJamal is a culturally innovative artist and filmmaker from Oakland, California. He is the founder of Olu8 Film & Culture and Olu8 Records; creative spaces for the production of dynamic sound, story and visuals. His passion for film and music grew through travel and while living in South Africa. Partnering with community members, nonprofits and corporations, ShakaJamal’s work reveals the inspiring achievements of change makers—whose stories often go untold. He is the first filmmaker from Oakland, CA to receive the Game Changers Fellowship which led him to premiere a series of short documentaries in New York at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His work has premiered both nationally and internationally, on television, and in numerous film festivals.
Kianga Jinaki Parker (she/her)
Artist/owner @Kianga Art
Kianga Jinaki is a fiber artist who creates quilts, dolls and mixed-media works that honor Black life and culture. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally since 1991. Ms Jinaki is a 2022 recipient of the Artist Innovation Fellowship presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach county Florida. A teaching artist, Kianga has worked with The Norton Museum, Spady museum, the African American Resource Library & Cultural Center, Palm Beach & Broward county library systems providing artistic/cultural programs for the communities they serve. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Kianga holds a B. S. Degree in Community Mental Health from Morgan State University. A licensed massage therapist for 22 years and a yoga teacher for 11 years. She is the mother of 4 adult children, and has been a resident of South Florida for more than 30 years. One of her greatest joys as an artist is working with community members to tap into their own creative rhythm.
Laura Ortiz (she/her)
Artist @Soma Difusa
Artist and illustrator From Bogotá, Colombia who search in the drawing and painting to portray subjects related to territories, people's trades and traditions; and on another side introspective or personal subjects speaking to spectators through symbols that in many occasions are plants of the local environment. Highlights from her work include the participation in different street art festivals and mingas carried out in different populations of Colombia and in other countries since 2016, some collective and individual exhibitions and work as independent in social projects related to conflict and environment.