Nov
17

You Kant Be Serious. All Art is Political.

As you can see from my last post, recently I’ve been chatting up some info I found in  “Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Ideas of Race in the 18th Century” by David Bindman. I don’t recommend the book. It’s a slog and an apology of sorts for European Supremacy. But Bindman has done some important research; a good chunk of which is focused on Immanuel Kant, one of the major figures in European philosophy and known in no small part for his writings on aesthetics, which I think of as the values we use when deciding how we feel about

Nov
10

Talking Race as European arts injustices with the PA Education Policy & Leadership Center

Good people, last week I was given the honor to go to Harrisburg and present the keynote at the PA Education Policy and Leadership Center‘s 7th annual arts education symposium. My first keynote- heyyyyyy (update-that might not be true, but still, heyyyyyy). The topic I was given, arts education and social justice, was nice and roomy, but it also left me struggling with what I wanted to say. At first, I actually wasn’t even sure I had much to say to a primarily European descended group that worked primarily with children of European descent in suburban public schools. My work

May
24

Welcome To Hillombo

Thank you for coming to Hillombo! After decades of working, succeeding and failing in building culture and community, while working in almost all-manners of Pittsburgh’s non-profit sector: philanthropy, arts, community development, out of school time programming, community organizing and education, Bonnie and I have formed Hillombo LLC. to “Lift Black perspectives, negotiate and build alternatives to systemic racism and capitalism, in the memory of our ancestors, for the benefit of Black people.” We are excited and curious about where our mission will take us! In the short term, we will be working with foundations and grantmakers that are developing strategies with grantee partners,