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DIVERSE DISCOURSE LECTURE: KEMI ILESANMI

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 – Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

06:30 PM
US/Central

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Join DiverseWorks at MATCH for the Fall 2018 Diverse Discourse Lecture with Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project, New York, NY.

This lecture is co-presented with the Center for Art and Social Engagement, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston.

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with  Houston-area artists, performers, and writers.  Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.

STUDIO VISITS

Houston-based artists working in all disciplines (including performance) may apply for a studio visit with Diverse Discourse visiting lecturers. Artists are selected for studio visits by each visiting lecturer. Selected artists will be notified directly by DiverseWorks staff to schedule a visit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, October 22 / Click for online application and eligibility requirements

ABOUT KEMI ILESANMI

Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of the Laundromat Project in New York City. With over 20 years experience in the cultural arena, Ilesanmi is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and change at the intersection of arts, activism, and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. From 1998-2004, she was a visual arts curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While there, she organized several exhibitions, including The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, and ran the visual arts residency program. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a BA in Afro-American Studies from Smith College. She is also an alumna of the Coro Leadership New York program.

The mission of The Laundromat Project is to advance artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. The LP envisions a world in which artists and neighbors in communities of color work together to unleash the power of creativity to transform lives. They make sustained investments in growing a community of multiracial, multigenerational, and multidisciplinary artists and neighbors committed to societal change by supporting their artmaking, community building, and leadership development.

HOURS & ADMISSION

  • Thursday - Saturday, Noon - 8:00 pm
    and by appointment
  • Gallery is always free.

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • MetroRail The MetroRail makes a stop a half-block south of the MATCH at the Ensemble/HCC Station. General Parking These are the places to park when you visit the MATCH. Like most of Midtown, you will have to pay to park, but prices are reasonable. Mid-Main Close to the MATCH is the Mid-Main Garage directly to the south across Holman. This garage is accessible through Holman or Travis Street and is open 24 hours. Parking can be paid by credit card or cash at the designated pay machines. Parking rates are as follows: 5 am- 6 pm
    • First 15-minutes are free
    • 1 hour or less - $3
    • 1.5 Hours - $4.50
    • 2 Hours - $6.00
    • 2.5 - 3 Hours - $7.50
    • Each Additional ½ hour - $1.50
    • MAX Rate is $15
    6 pm-4 am
    • First 15 minutes - Free
    • 1 hour or less - $4
    • Each additional 1/2 hour - $1
    • Nightly Max Rate - $7.50
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    6 pm-4 am
    • Flat Rate - $6
    • Cars left after 4 am - $15
    Please note that Travis St. is a one way street traveling north. Mid-Main has two surface lots. One lot is located at the southeastern corner of Main and Holman, directly to the south of Trinity Church. This lot is available all day on weekdays and Saturday, and after 2 pm on Sunday. The other lot can be found at the southeastern corner of Fannin and Winbern. This lot is open to the public. Both of these lots have their own pay station where patrons can pay to park. Parking can range between $3 to $7, depending on the hour of the day. Cash only. Street Parking There is also street parking available nearby (marked in yellow on map). Some of this is free and some is metered. Please be observant of all parking signage when choosing to park on the street. *Please note that parking on Holman Street in front of the MATCH is NOT available. Valet Valet service will be available for many performances through Mid-Main Development. To find out if valet services will be available for your performance, please call the box office at (713) 521-4533. Their location will be off of Travis St. Price can range between $5 to $10, cash only.

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