Day 12 – Panel: Columbus & Black Art

Columbus and Black Art: Where We Are, Where We Are Not Panel Discussion A distinguished cross-section of Columbus creatives and organizers have an open and frank discussion about black art in Columbus. Moderated by writer/organizer Scott Woods, the panel will dissect the community in which black art attempts to leave its mark, and what barriers prevent…

Day 13 – Paisha Thomas

Paisha Thomas Music “Utilizing various methods, I create art which allows me to connect with the human spirit. My primary medium for engaging others through art is singing and songwriting. I create music about love, politics, self-discovery, and the condition of the world. My first (eponymous) album was released on April 16, 2016. In order…

Day 14 – JG the Jugganaut

JG the Jugganaut Poetry JG the Jugganaut is a 2013 National Poetry Award winner. Through his work, John gives vivid and insightful accounts of life as a black American without shying away from the painful or the humorous. JG has represented the city of Columbus three times at The National Poetry Slam, making it to…

Day 15 – Kimberly Brazwell

Kimberly Brazwell Poetry Kimberly Brazwell is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has been writing and performing since 1998. Kim is known for her irreverent sense of humor and has appeared on national poetry slam teams representing Columbus in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. She has featured in cities ranging from Chicago to NYC, and…

Day 16 – Art Exhibition 1: Griots

Lisa M. McLymont Marcus P. Blackwell April Sunami Daniel Moss Visual Art “Griots” are traditional African storytellers who keep the history of their people recorded and alive through their art. On Thursday, March 16, Holler will feature the first of two visual art exhibitions in the series, showcasing artists of various styles, mediums, and backgrounds…

Day 17 – Willie Phoenix

Willie Phoenix Music Whether it’s haunting blues, straight forward rock, raw garage band noise or psychedelic fusion — Willie Phoenix delivers. Willie’s career has spanned decades and so has his passion; never stopping, never failing to deliver jaw-dropping performances with an undeniable edge. Born in Camden Alabama, Willie says he entered the world wrapped in…

Day 18 – Gamal Brown & Onyx Productions

Gamal Brown & Onyx Productions Dance As a native of Columbus, Ohio, Gamal Brown embodies what it means to be a dancer and choreographer. His performance and leadership abilities have put him with the likes of Alfred Dove and the Dove Arts Project as well as the Thoissane West African Dance Company under the direction…

Day 19 – Marshall L. Shorts Jr.

Marshall L. Shorts Artist/Organizer Marshall is an award winning entrepreneur, artist and designer with a passion for creativity. His creative passion is only rivaled by his commitment to being an agent of change for his community, fellow creatives, and entrepreneurs. He is Founder and Creative-N-Chief of The Artfluential Workshop formerly  Soulo Theory Creative, a design…

Day 20 – Troy Anthony Harris

Troy Anthony Harris Drama/Essays Why compete when you can collaborate? Troy Anthony Harris is originating Director of BlackSpace: Urban Performing Arts Collective, dedicated to promoting and developing programming for Afrocentric performing artists. He is a seasoned theatrical performer working with local companies Contemporary American Theater Company (CATCO), Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, Imagine Productions and Onyx…

Day 21 – TRANSIT ARTS

TRANSIT ARTS Music The TRANSIT ARTS Performance Group is a dynamic blend of outstanding professional artists and talented youth artists inspiring and challenging one another to honor our roots while creating fresh new work. Rhythms rise from turntables, microphones, and dancing feet, as poets, hip-hop emcees, breakdancers, DJs, beatboxers, and visual artists flow together to…

Day 22 – Is Said & The Advance Party

Is Said & The Advance Party Poetry/Music Is Said has been a fixture of the Columbus arts scene for more than 40 years. His poetry, frequently delivered with the backing of The Advance Party, incorporates elements of call and response, African drumming, dance, and more. He has traveled the country, published numerous books, and written…

Day 23 – Qamil

Qamil Music Qamil is an American vocalist, songwriter, community activist, published author and CEO of Soul Dope Entertainment. Qamil’s musical roots run deep as the niece of Norma Jean Wright, the former lead vocalist of the 70s disco and R&B band, Chic. In 2013, Qamil established an independent record label, Soul Dope Music, which currently…