January 26, 2016

Our guest presenters are artists from disparate disciplines and levels of activism. We will learn about their creativity in relation to their art, their process, and the affect their art has on those who experience it. Together, we will discuss the important roll art plays in social activism and society, in relation to the individual, and how our art can and does effect social change.
Keith L. Bohannon

Keith L. Bohannon, aka PRIM-ONE

Keith L. Bohannon, aka PRIM-ONE, is a Kansas City based poet, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has been honing his craft poetically and musically for over 10 years, melding an intricate blend of technically sound time signatures and diverse subject matter such as: politics, musical prejudice, martyrdom, self-loathing, narcissism, etc. Keith is known for his tone control, octave exchanges, in depth content, and his ability to shift tempo and rhyme schemes seamlessly while never sacrificing verbal clarity.

PRIM-ONE was named winner of The Poetic Underground/AKKA Karate 2014 ‘Dragon Slam’ Poetry Tournament, earning him the nickname “The Bruce Lee of Poetry” and “Hot Sh!t,” the latter being a direct quote from his opening piece of the tournament. Keith was also a member of Kansas City’s first nationally accredited poetry slam team, PoUnd Slam, in 2014 and was in The Pitch Weekly’s ‘Best Of’ edition as one of the best poets/spoken word artists of 2015. He is the creator, event director and host of ‘Lyric Lab Tuesday.’ The infamously eclectic weekly open mic at the Uptown Arts Bar as well that venue’s monthly super-show ‘Sound Pit Saturday’ with a feature showcase and open mic on the last Saturday of each month.

Nedra Bonds

Nedra Bonds

Nedra Bonds is a fiber artist who lives and works in Kansas City. She teaches classes, exhibits and lectures about African American quilts, dolls, and items made from paper. Her subject matter includes issues of social justice, politics, the environment, women’s issues, and history. These also inform her activism. Nedra exhibits her fiber art locally, nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in collections at the American Jazz Museum, The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Sprint, H&R Block, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Arrowhead Stadium, and in many private collections.

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry is a writer, poet, lyricist, photographer, international recording artist, clinician and arts educator based in Kansas City, Missouri. Through her performance and teaching artistry of over 25 years she shares the rich legacy of America’s original art form: Jazz. Her work has taken her to Africa, India, Turkey, Greece, South America, and Russia. Lisa has shared the stage with musical greats such as Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, and Ledisi, to name a few, to entertain and educate audiences ages 5-95.

Lisa, a socially conscience artist, is an independent community advocate for issues pertaining to Black men and boys, youth, education and families. In July 2015, Lisa debuted Dear White People at the KC Fringe Festival. The interactive musical monologue addresses racism in America and sparks ongoing conversations about injustice and inequality. Black Men Matter, The Ugly Conversation, and The Black Anti-Racism Support Group are Lisa’s current initiatives, which create awareness, solutions, meaningful support and economic progress in the lives of Black Men in America and abroad. Lisa Henry is available for anti-racism workshops throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area.


Jelili Atiku

Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video and performance (live art), he strives to help viewers understand the world and expand their understanding and experiences so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments. For over a decade, Jelili has put his art in the service of the prevailing concerns of our times, especially those issues that threaten our collective existence and the sustenance of our universe. The content of these concerns range from psycho-social and emotional effects of traumatic events such as violence, war, poverty, corruption, climate change, etc. associated with our warring world have dominated his artistic forms.

Born on Friday, September 27, 1968 in Ejigbo (Lagos), Nigeria, Jelili was trained at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and Master of Arts (Visual Arts), respectively. He is presently the project leader of Art Africa Forum, the artistic Director of AfirIperFOMA, a collective of performance artists in Africa, and Chief Coordinator of Advocate for Human Rights Through Art (AHRA).

Jelili has traveled widely and participated in numerous performances/exhibitions/talks in Lagos (Nigeria); Vancouver British Columbia (Canada); Austin, Chicago, and New York (USA); Gunpo (South Korea); Tokyo; Paris; Berlin and Hannover; Madrid; Malmo and Copenhagen; Jarna and Stockholm; Andebu, Norway, Graz, Austria, Poznan, Poland; London, Wales, Manchester, Scarborough, and York; Casablanca and Marrakech, Morocco; Accra, Ghana; Zimbabwe; Cameroon; Uganda. Jelili is among the 2015 Prince Claus Laureates.

Salon~360 Event Themed Readings: Art Activism

Event Question: What is the effect of art activism on reality?

Event Location: In collaboration with and at the InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Conser #290, Overland Park, KS 66204
It is potluck and BYOB! Please bring one covered dish and your favorite beverage.

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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