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
Filmmaker, publisher, and community change agent Jabaar Edmond has written, directed and produced films including “AGENT X,” “AX2:QUARANTINE” and “ART IN THE CITY.” An independent filmmaker with the production company 909films, he works with Cranstan Cumberbatch via DreamMakerz Productions. He is also founder and publisher of 1Lovemagazine, a contributing writer for The Weekly Challenger and St. Pete Bulletin, and a graphic artist. Equally and activist and community leader, Edmond is currently president of Pinellas County Urban League Young Professionals, and…… Read More
Cranstan Cumberbatch is an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer and vocalist in both stage and film. He was part of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team for performing arts where he won 7 medals on the world’s largest stage including one gold, 4 silver and two bronze against competitors spanning 52 countries in acting, modeling, and performance. In 2018, Cranstan was awarded the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Award by the city of St Petersburg, Florida and the Tampa Bay, Rays Major…… Read More
Garrett is a mother, artist, entrepreneur, instructor, film director, writer & designer. From NYC, she attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, & Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. At Eckerd College, Debbie was awarded the Visual Arts Honor. As a mixed medium artist, she works & teaches in variety of mediums. Past credits include creating a DIY craft television show for “10 at 10 Tampa Bay, & she appeared with CYC Production’s TV program in NYC. She has mentor…… Read More