DONJAI

Joseph “DONJAI” Gilmore

June 18, 2014

Meet our Teaching Artists!

 

What is your name?

Joseph Gilmore.

 

Your Twitter handle?

@DONJAI.

 

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

Keith Haring in the sense of being a artist and activist through his work. Although he was short lived, his messages manage to outlive him. The fact that his licensing is generating so much capitol over 20 years later is a plus and well deserved because his work came from his heart. it delivered heavy messages in a light manner. Art is the medium that people respond to when they don’t want to sit in on the President’s State of the Union address.

 

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

The Point CDC. It’s a non profit whose model is “Where Community and Creativity Connect. To me they’ve been ahead of their time in beautifying the Bronx and serving as a platform where youth and adults can manifest their talents. I learned Photography there. In the past 19 years, they’ve been an incubator for small businesses and offered programs for Latin percussion, Theater, Capoeira, Break dancing, Social Circus, Mural arts, Environmental Activism, Painting, Culinary Arts, and much more.

 

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

I don’t have one in particular. I like certain songs that hint powerful traits of NY in simple lines. Billy Joel talks about riding uptown in “Big Shot” or being stranded in Bed-Stuy in “You may be right”.

 

Bobby Womack “Across 110th” talks about pushers and junkies, and Run DMCs “Christmas in Hollis” or Cool Change “Streets of The Bronx” all hint at familiar acts of the boroughs that make your heart beat a little faster.

 

Joseph is a teaching artist working in Hunts Point.

Check out the schedule of Hunts Point art workshops here.