Carrie Mae Weems and Bill T. Jones are the inaugural 2020/2021 Artists in Residence at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol.
As part of her residency, Carrie Mae Weems met with our youth members and our alumni over several weeks to discuss their experiences with COVID and the disproportionate effect of COVID on Black and Latinx communities.
The young people and alumni shared videos and poems and reflections.
The result was a public health campaign:
- A PSA that combines the video and imagery of Weems with the poetry of The Peace Poets
- Two billboards that feature a line of poetry from The Peace Poets – one focused on COVID and one that makes the connection to the broader environmental and natural implications – and Weems’ designs. We expect to have these billboards placed widely.
- And the creation of two bags – designed by Weems and again, featuring the poetry of The Peace Poets – one focused on the young people who have lost their school community and so many youth opportunities and the need for community; and one on COVID and its disparate racial and class effects.
Carrie Mae Weems partners with Bro/Sis and our alumni The Peace Poets to create a public health campaign – a PSA, billboards, and bags – focused on COVID.
Listen to podcast conversation between Carrie Mae Weems and Khary Lazarre-White about art and activism below.