The Role of Fathers and Father Figures In Cultivating Artistic Talents

Fathers and Father Figures Friday: April 7th, 6:30 - 8p

Join us for a conversation with noted artists Jim Alexander, Jamaal Barber and Kevin Williams for a conversation about the role of Fathers and Father figures in cultivating the artistic talents and freedom of self expression for our children. This conversation will be moderated by Romal Tune, acclaimed author of "I Wish My Dad: The Power of Vulnerable Conversations between Fathers and Sons."

Jim Alexander is recipient of a myriad awards for his Documentary Photograpy. He is identified as a “participant observer”, recognizing the undeniable influence of his mere presence, but pleading allegiance to the role of the spectator. Since acquiring his first camera in 1952, his personal experiences and consumption of Black scholarship and thought has increasingly informed his camera.

Jamaal Barber is an artist, printmaker, and educator from Virginia. Jamaal’s art has been featured on Twitter, the New York Times, Penguin Random House, Black Art in America, and Emory University. Barber is presently a visiting lecturer at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design in Atlanta, GA.

Kevin A. Williams better known by the art moniker WAK, his initials backwards, is an American painter and businessman from Chicago’s Southside. He is one of the most celebrated figurative storytellers of this era. His 50 urban art prints are the most widely circulated African American art prints in the world.

Romal Tune, is a highly sought after international speaker, author, and social impact entrepreneur. He serves as a Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at TMS Global and is the founder of ClereStory Education, a nonprofit that offers workshops and coaching about mental health. Tune is a graduate of Howard University and Duke University School of Divinity. He speaks internationally at conferences addressing topics of inner healing, thriving, and the importance of mental health. He is the author of God’s Graffiti, Love Is an Inside Job and I Wish My Dad.

“I Wish My Dad uses powerful stories that give men the expressive insight we need to be vulnerable. It highlights the importance of naming emotional needs as a man and showing affection as a Father.“ @chefcourtneyhtx


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