Halcyon Arts Lab Announces Cohort 2 Arts Fellows

By East City Art Editorial Team on June 4, 2018

Introducing the New Faces of Halcyon Arts Lab
Halcyon is thrilled to announce the newest cohort of Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows. These eight socially driven artists – working in multi-disciplinary media from choreography to poetry to visual arts – will join the Halcyon community this fall as they embark on a nine-month residency in the nation’s capital. Through the language of art, they will tackle economic inequality, systemic racism, socio-political upheaval, indigenous incarceration and other contemporary issues of social justice.

Kelli Rae Adams – visual artist who molds clay and other materials to examine economic systems and our relationship to labor, currency and value through both functional objects and installation-based work.

Kokayi – GRAMMY-nominated artist and educator entrenched in the ethos of hip hop culture and exploring the origins of creativity and innovation through experiences centered on DC, Go-Go and the music of the African Diaspora.

Jessica Mehta – poet, novelist and member of the Cherokee Nation working with incarcerated Native American women on a book of poetry which will illuminate the disparities of Native Americans within the justice system.

Tariq O’Meally – dancer and choreographer seeking to create empathetic and socially-relevant kinesthetic stories through the movement of the African American body which disrupt the canonized imagery of the black narrative.

João Pina – Portuguese-born photographer shedding light upon global socio-political changes, changing urban landscapes and human rights abuse through the language of visual memory.

Ada Pinkston – multimedia artist, educator and cultural organizer examining the intersection of imagined histories and socio-political realities on our bodies through inter-subjective exchanges.

Mengxi “Althea” Rao – journalist-turned-artist exploring storytelling and political discourse through embodied interactive design, conceptual essayistic video and immersive narrative experiences.

Naoko Wowsugi – multidisciplinary artist drawing on local lore, horticulture and community participation to celebrate human connection beyond interpersonal and socio-political norms.

Meet the Fellows.

(via Halcyon Arts Lab. Photo courtesy of Halcyon Arts Lab.)