Join Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate Jake-ann Jones as she talks one-on-one with leading artists, thinkers, critics, and creators about arts and artists in the Black and Brown community and in society as a whole. A playwright, journalist, visual artist, and social justice activist, Jake and her guests will delve deeply into the power of art to uncover truths and drive change. The series will explore what it takes to be an artist, the role of the artist in building community, the importance of the artist in recovering and creating new stories, and why artists are important to the future of our world.
Jake-ann Jones also works under the name J.A. Jones and J.A. Morton (she, her, hers), is the 2022 Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate, and author of the Black Classic Press release SometimesFarmgirls Become Revolutionaries: Notes on Black Power, Politics, Depression, and the FBI. She works extensively with community organizations through the SOW Fund at Pinellas Community Foundation, is part of the team at PinellasDiasporaArtsProject, writes for The Weekly Challenger Newspaper in St. Petersburg, FL, and lives between Clearwater, FL, and Harlem,…… Read More
Andrida McCall Hosey is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She has been living in St Petersburg since 1999. She is the former lead theater instructor for the award-winning Fine Arts program at John Hopkins Middle School. As the first female African American student to graduate from Marquette University’s School of Theatre, Andrida found work in the Milwaukee and Chicago area in the early 80’s with Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company, where she received rave reviews for the role of Cat in the…… Read More
Boyzell Hosey is a visual storyteller specializing in photography and journalism. He is the senior editor for visual storytelling at ProPublica and is a former Deputy Editor and Director of Photography for the Tampa Bay Times. He has exhibited locally with Your Real Stories, Studio@620 and Creative Pinellas. He serves on the boards of University of Florida Journalism Advisory Council, National Press Photographers Association, Journeys in Journalism, and the Photo Technology Advisory Board of St. Petersburg College. He serves as…… Read More
Heavily influenced by her uncle, Buster Cooper, a ten-year member of the famed Duke Ellington Band, Siobhan has been dancing to jazz tunes well before she could walk. At the age of three she paired that dancing with singing in the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Her love for music blossomed when she was introduced to classical arias and American folk and traditional music at John Hopkins Middle School, under the direction of Music teacher, Stanley…… Read More