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
Aaron Bowes is a Musician from New Jersey. He developed a passion for singing at a young age following that passion to church choir and later musical theater. After touring the country twice with the NJPAC arts center Aaron moved to Tampa Florida and founded the local Indie rock band Pilot Jonezz…. Read More
Hiram Hazley, has been in music for most of his life. He started playing trumpet at the age of twelve, and when he got to a college level, he was introduced to the electric and upright basses. He has performed with such artists as: Manfredo Fest, Kenny Drew Jr., the Impressions, and the great Buddy Miles. He studied music at St. Pete JC, NYCC, and Bethune-Cookman University, formerly known as, Bethune Cookman-College. He worked at Busch Gardens, Tampa for 20…… Read More
Josh “Saint” is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and filmmaker currently creating and operating out of St. Pete, FL and the Southeastern United States. His belief is that artistic storytelling and performance brings the collective human experience to life, which he is called to help activate within his community by utilizing his unique abilities and creative gifts in music and film. His experiences along the way as a husband, father, musician, creative director, entrepreneur, and artivist has helped shape who Saint…… Read More