Learn about one of the public art projects coming to the new Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites you to a virtual artist talk and poetry reading for the Roxbury Branch Library Clerestory Project on Thursday, November, 5th, 2020, from 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture is hosting this virtual talk to share information about the project, which is the first of two public art projects that will complement the renovation of the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. There will be a short presentation and poetry reading, followed by a question and answer session.
To participate in the event, join the Zoom meeting. If you are unable to connect to audio or you do not have internet, you can call into the meeting by dialing +1-646-558-8656 US and entering Meeting Meeting ID: 867 3810 0889#. This event will also be live-streamed on the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Facebook page.
About the participants
Nakia Hill was named a Boston Artist-in-Residence in 2018 by Mayor Walsh. She is a writer, journalist, and educator who focuses on empowering women to use writing as a tool for healing and resistance. Hill is the author of two books: "Water Carrier" and "I Still Did It". Learn more about Nakia or purchase her books on her website.
Asiyah is a poet, activist, and 826 Boston’s Youth Literary Advisory Board’s Teaching Artist. She was a finalist for the City of Boston’s Youth Poet Laureate residency.
Joe Wardwell is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) where he founded the Brandeis-in-Siena program in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1996 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). In 1999, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University (Boston, MA). Currently on view through 2022, Wardwell has a large scale wall drawing commissioned for the renovation of building 6 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA) and Wardwell's work is in each collection. In 2012, Wardwell was a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Painting and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Creative Arts at Boston University. In addition to numerous group exhibitions throughout the region, he has held solo exhibitions in New York, New Haven, Boston, and Seattle. In 2020, Wardwell will exhibit in New York with the Frosch and Portmann gallery in the Lower East Side. His work is represented in Boston by the LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA). Wardwell lives with his family in Jamaica Plain and his studio is in Dorchester.