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Play: Exhibit + Reading

June 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0

The AfroSurreal Writers and the Kiss My Black Arts Collective will open Let’s Play: Intuition, Imagination, and Black Creativity on Fri., June 2 at Pro Arts Gallery (150 Frank Ogawa Plaza).

This exhibit features more than a dozen Black writers and artists, with digital and audio projections of their work, and follows a year of readings/workshops, cleanings and plantings along Oakland’s San Pablo Avenue. The exhibit will be a celebration of Black neighborhoods and creativity.

Readers include women from  Serenity House and the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop’s reading series on Intuition and Creativity, as well as writers/artists Jacqueline Bishop, Renee Alexander Craft, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Jewelle Gomez, Victor LaValle, James Lee, Kyla Marshell, Sharan Strange,  Sheree Renée Thomas, and Dawnie Walton, and artwork from the Members of the Kiss My Black Arts Collective, who will create a mural inside the gallery based on their outdoor mural at San Pablo and Market.


About the Kiss My Black Arts Collective: The Kiss My Black Arts Collective exists to help artists take your creativity to the next level Economically. Together, they create social economics through Mural projects, workshops and art exhibitions, while encouraging participation and collaboration amongst their members, local artists, and community leaders through democratic controlled enterprises.  About the AfroSurreal Writers Workshop: The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop amplifies the voices of emerging and established writers and artists of color who create surreal, futurist, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, dystopian, apocalyptic, weird, or absurdist literature and art, centered in perspectives of people of color. About Serenity House: Serenity House was originally established as a recovery program for women suffering from addiction. Today, we provide services for women who have been raped or molested as children, suffer from addiction, homelessness, mental health, and/or emotional issues caused by trauma.


Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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