Join poet, writer and educator Dasan Ahanu and the Black On Black Project for a Spoken Word performance Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. inside Artspace in downtown Raleigh. The program will be a response to "artfor(us)," the latest art exhibition from Sherrill Roland. The event is free but please register here.
This special event is part of the community programming for the thought-provoking exhibition by Roland, which features a series of works that grew out of his experience of wrongful incarceration in Washington, D.C. Using text from greeting cards and personal journals, deconstructed Artforum magazines and other materials he had access to while incarcerated, Roland creates an emotionally resonate body of work that expresses his transformative relationship with art and the people closest to him.
Ahanu — the resident artist at St. Joseph's Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center and managing director of Black Poetry Theatre — and his team of performers will present poems that offer their thoughts on the exhibition and the criminal justice system at large. The evening will begin with a mixer as guests explore the artwork, followed by the Spoken Word performances.