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"We Count" Conversation: M Kelley, with Phyllis Cross and Shaun Giles

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Presented by Frist Art Museum at ONLINE, Nashville TN

Aug 27 2020
"We Count" Conversation: M Kelley, with Phyllis Cross and Shaun Giles

M Kelley’s flags in the exhibition We Count: First-Time Voters represent the journey of reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals. Working with Project Return, Kelley arrived at the themes of participation, struggle, confinement, and incitement after interviewing people who have restored their rights and speaking with advocates for system reform.

Learn more about the artist, their process, and the conversations that inspired them as they are joined in dialogue by Phyllis Cross, one of the interviewees who inspired the flag Unlock (Vision and Struggle), and Shaun Giles, the Frist’s assistant director for community engagement.

This program will be presented on Zoom.

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  • Artists in the exhibition We Count: First-Time Voters—Beizar Aradini, M Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters II, and Donna Woodley—connected with individuals and community groups across Nashville to learn about their experiences. The artists then created visual representations of those stories, through drawing, painting, printing, stitching, and other techniques #WeCountattheFrist

    M Kelley’s career includes a diverse and thorough approach to the arts. Inviting others into collaboration, curiosity, and cross-pollination, Kelley helps create immersive, interactive spaces for dialogue, design thinking, and connection. Kelley’s civic and social practice work focuses on sustainability for artists at all levels, through creative placemaking, civic consulting, community development, advocacy, equitable access, and mentorship, with a focus on building and activating creative community workspaces.



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