Richard Allen May III
& Charles Bibbs
with Romaine Washington
FREE • Thursday, June 17, 7 pm
Join Inlandia poet Romaine Washington in conversation with artist and educator Richard Allen May III and artist Charles Bibb as they seek to inform, encourage, and inspire other Black artists in the region.
This Blacklandia event will highlight the careers of these successful Black Inland Empire artists—and reach out to new and aspiring creatives.
Audience participants will be invited to submit ekphrastic poems (poems written in response to a work of art) as inspired by two different works provided by the artists.
About the Artists
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/
Charles Bibbs is a renowned artist who has had his work exhibited throughout the U.S. His art has been featured in movies and shows and has garnered numerous awards. Charles Bibbs is a gallery owner, publisher, mentor, entrepreneur, and a long-time resident of the Inland Empire. https://www.cbibbs.com/
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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Argyros Plaza!
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa 92626
June 19th, 3:00PM - 7:00PM
Join us for an afternoon of interactive activities and artistic performances celebrating Black innovation and resilience in music, poetry, visual art, and gardening.
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Artistic curation by Dr. Natalie Graham, Director of the Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation at California State University, Fullerton.
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California Imagism Gallery
119 W. Transit St. Unit 7
Ontario, CA. 91762
Live In-person event! (for vaccinated people)
Sat. June 26, 5 - 9PM
Register on eventbrite