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BRATTLEBORO—Building on the success of a three-day festival in July 2021 that celebrated black youth and womanhood through poetry readings, film screenings and curated culinary offerings, Epsilon Spires downtown of Brattleboro will once again team up with co-curator Shanta Lee Gander to present a series of events that bring together artists of color from across New England to exchange ideas across a variety of creative disciplines.
Spearheading the multidisciplinary salon series with Gander is Jamie Mohr, Director of Epsilon Spiers.
Gander is an artist, author, and public intellectual whose work has been featured in outlets such as Vermont Public Radio, The Maine Reviewand Ms Magazine.
His collection of poems, GHETTOCLAUTROPHOBIAwon Diode Edition’s 2020 Complete Book Competition and she received the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council the same year.
The series, which will take place in July 2022, is centered on the themes of “embodiment” and “transcendence”.
Gander said in a press release that the show is “a space to tap into the creative energy that blossoms from new relationships when creatives come together from different disciplines, backgrounds and diversities.”
The series of multidisciplinary fairs will include public events held at Epsilon Spires in downtown Brattleboro, as well as outdoor workshops as part of a new artist residency program at the Green River Bridge Inn in Guilford, which has was recently purchased with the vision of extending the existing bed-and-breakfast to provide international artist and composer residencies that support the creation of new works to be presented at Epsilon Spiers.
“We’re excited to present opportunities for creative exploration while encouraging the potential cross-pollination of Epiphany,” says Mohr.
Funding for the multidisciplinary fair series is made possible in part by a $5,000 Cultural Recovery Grant from Vermont Humanities and the Vermont Arts Council, which awarded $1.2 million to arts organizations across the country. State to offset the impact of COVID-19 on their operations.
Although programming has been significantly reduced during the pandemic, Epsilon Spires has successfully pivoted to host outdoor events thanks to the innovative Backlot Cinema Series. When it was safe to do so, they offered socially distanced art exhibits and performances in the historic church that the organization turned into a venue and gallery in 2019.
“I’ve long been drawn to how Epsilon Spiers has done certain things so well,” says Gander, adding that “this includes encouraging artistic transcendence in a way that inspires creatives to think of ways to push back against limits of their work to explore the fields of multi-sensory and multidisciplinary.
For more information on the series, contact Mohr at [email protected]