Arts + Public Life / Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture 2016-17 Artist-in-Residence Yaw Agyeman will use this residency to focus on merging his music practice with a new direction in painting and photography. Beginning March 20th, Yaw's studio will be open to the public from 6:45am-8:30am on Monday mornings. Yaw is beginning a painting practice that centers the use of brown paint. He is developing playlists for this painting practice and will be inviting community members for coffee, tea and a light breakfast while they observe his process. Yaw is also exploring photography and his brown paint-focused practice during his regular event at Stony Island Arts Bank, Work on the Sabbath.
YAW has performed on both the theatrical and musical stage. He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, "Mister Chickee's Funny Money" (Chicago Children's Theater). The play features music from the Motown Great, Lamont Dozier. He has been featured on VH1's "Soul Cities", a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country, as well as on the Africa Channel's, "Soundtracks at Red Kiva", a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Currently, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, "Black Monks of Mississippi", headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates.
The Artists-in-Residence program, managed by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, is supported in part by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.