Each year, our artist development program, Create Change, supports 15 to 20 artists developing their socially engaged creative practice through our Fellowship, Residency, and Commissions program. In 2012, we began asking our Create Change artists to pair up for Creative Conversations: open-ended creative exchanges to be published on our blog. Read on to meet our Create Change alumni.
Aisha and Divad submitted their conversation in the form of a video:
About the Artists
Aisha Cousins writes performance art scores (instructions for live art projects) that engage black audiences from different backgrounds in exploring their ideas about beauty and processing the changes taking place in their worlds. Her interactive, public performance art scores have been performed on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn) to Brixton (London), as well as inside institutions such as the Museum Of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston’s Project Row Houses, the Kitchen, and the internationally renowned MoMA PS1.
Divad Durant is a multi-media artist, community organizer, and educator. He is working on a feature length experimental documentary called “A Bronx Tale” to cultivate the multiple imaginations of the Bronx. Also, he is producing “Tweets to a Black Conscious Youth” a multi-platform media project intended to create a supportive community of Black Conscious Youth. He’s currently working on Live Through Me, a mixtape for people who have lost children to police violence.