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Aisha Cousins

August 1, 2014

Meet our Teaching Artists!

 

Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?

Children’s book illustrator John Steptoe.

 

Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?

There is a mural on the corner of MacDonough Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard that a friend and I painted of Marcus Garvey. When I was in college, I went to study mural painting and my first thought was how much I wanted to bring some of what I had learned and put it to use in my neighborhood. That mural is actually on the first block I lived on when I moved to Bed-Stuy. I painted it in the early 2000s after I graduated from college.

 

What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

Hangin’ with the Homeboys.

 

What’s the web address for your blog?

bit.ly/mappingsoulville* (blog)

aishacousins.com (website)

 

Mapping Soulville was Aisha’s 2013 Create Change Residency project in Bed-Stuy. Read more here, or watch the video below.

 

 

Aisha is a teaching artist living and working in Bed-Stuy.

Check out the schedule of Bed-Stuy art workshops here.