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
Dr. Nashid Madyun has served as the executive director of Florida Humanities since May 2020, where he has brought two decades of experience as an historian, museum professional and educator to the second-largest humanities council in the country. Madyun, a native of Helena, Arkansas, holds degrees in history from Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi) and Mississippi Valley State University. With a love of storytelling, he pursued and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. After working for the Department of…… Read More