June 16, 2014
Meet our 2014 Fellows!
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Three people I have to mention in the same breath greatly inspire and influence me: Shantrelle P. Lewis, Lester Merriweather, and Richard Lou. All three have a clear vision about calling out racism and contributing to the arts in a way that strives for a better world. It is inspiring to watch them weave their multiple roles in life towards this same goal: besides being a curator, Shantrelle is also working on a film and just returned from a United Nations fellowship in Geneva. Lester is an artist, gallery director at the University of Memphis, and a mentor to youth in his community. Richard is an artist, art department chair at the University of Memphis, and a community organizer. They take risks few are willing to, and are extremely supportive of artists and others striving toward the same vision.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
The public plaza at Worldwide Plaza—I call it my “backyard”, though it’s a few blocks away from me. It has a nice balance of greenery, public seating and tables, and a cool fountain featuring a sculpture of four women representing the four seasons. I take a short cut through there whenever possible for contact with nature—even on the coldest day of winter, it makes it possible for me to be amongst trees in midtown Manhattan.
What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?
How about television show? Sesame Street.
Do you have a blog of your own or a blog portion of your website that you’d like to share with us? If so, what is the web address for your blog?
See the full list of 2014 Fellows here.