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The Institute of Black Imagination.

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Welcome to The Institute of Black Imagination hosted by artist, writer, and brand consultant Dario Calmese. Each week we bring you conversations from The Pool of Black Genius: a collection of iconoclasts at the leading edge of cultural thought and innovation. More than anything, we are here to inspi… read more


E31. Cultivating Community Through Art with Curator and Activist Kimberly Drew.

Show Notes. 

Today’s episode Dario sits with art curator, writer, and social activist Kimberly Drew. Hailing from Orange, New Jersey, Drew was taught by her parents to trust her own voice at an early age. In a family full of creatives, this lesson was fortuitous of Kimberly’s career in the arts.  Her words and voice have served to shape a new canon of Black contemporary art and question who and what are worthy of being valued in our nation’s most lauded museums and cultural backdrops. 

In today’s conversation, Kimberly shares how she cultivates community through art, what she’s learning about the vulnerability of rage, and why she’s able to speak her truth with such determined power. It’s a conversation where Kimberly gives Dario permission to be messy with his own process. 

We Mentioned: 

Black Futures  by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham 

This is what I know about art by Kimberly Drew

The Prep School Negro  

Down for My Niggas by C Murder featuring Snoop Dogg 

Carolyn Lazard 

Alice Shepherd 

Disability Visibility Project Alice Wong

Christine Sun Kim 

@museummammy Instagram

@museummammy Twitter 

This conversation was recorded on May 8, 2021

Original Music composed by Dario Calmese, Show Art by River Wildmen, Social Art by Stéphane Lab

Producer Carmen D. Harris

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