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Meet Elvira Clayton

Meet Elvira Clayton, 2015 Commissioned Artist

Meet our 2015 Commissioned Artists!


Can you tell us about an experience during your Fellowship with The LP that inspired you or shifted how you approach your creative practice?

The workshop with The Urban Bush Women was a very enlightening experience for me.


Their introduction to strategies on entering, building and exiting communities is something that I have utilized as I’ve moved forward in my community-based art practice.


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

I am in awe and truly inspired by activist, artist, storyteller, Rhodessa Jones, and her fearless work which engages communities of incarcerated women of color.


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

African Square, the plaza in front of the State Building at 125th and Adam Clayton Powell. For me it is the cultural hub of the community. I’ve had so many incredible experiences in this space; I witnessed and celebrated the election of Barack Obama here. It’s where the drummers gather to serenade the community and remember the ancestors. Also, I met my husband on a bench there!!!


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

I recently saw the 1978 musical, The Wiz. I loved the way New York City and some of its most famous landmarks were prominently featured throughout the film. It was truly a love song to the city.


Read about Elvira’s 2015 Commissioned Project here.


Elvira Clayton is a mixed-media artist living and working in Harlem. Her work is inspired by the history, people and culture of her community. She blends elements of sculpture, photography, storytelling and public performance to engage community and illuminate the significance of everyday people and their stories.

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