Activist Speaker Series & Race Recounted Roundtable
w/ Bashi Rose, Ashley Minner, Parag Khandhar, Gracie Greenberg and Edgar Reyes
Juan Ortiz moderates a discussion amongst representatives of the various #hashtag national racial justice movements regarding race relations in our community on the last day of our Race Recounted [x] Our Voices exhibition.
Baltimore panelists include Bashi Rose, Ashley Minner, Parag Khandhar, Gracie Greenberg, and Edgar Reyes!
Reception begins at 1:30PM | Supported by Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, Baltimore Community Foundation and MECU Neighborhood Grant.
Ashley Minner is a community based visual artist from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a BFA in General Fine Art, an MA and an MFA in Community Art, which she earned at Maryland Institute College of Art. A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years. She is the founder of the Native American After School Art Program (NAASAP) and the Liaison for the Title VII Indian Education Program of Baltimore City Public Schools. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Maryland Commission of Indian Affairs under the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives representing the Baltimore District. Her involvement in her own community informs and inspires her studio practice. She works with several local and regional arts for social justice organizations including Alternate ROOTS. She also coordinates Artists U, a grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists, for the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). Ashley is currently a PhD in American Studies student at University of Maryland College Park where she is studying vernacular art as resistance in related communities of the U.S. South and Global South.
Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. His work is a reflection of his personal experience as an undocumented youth in the United States. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profits and private institutions.Through his creative programming interests and abilities, he nurtures the development of youth-driven arts-based leadership initiatives, that advocate how art and design can assist in self-expression and easing of cultural tensions. His art practice highlights the beauty of being Mexican American, yet questions his national and cultural traditions. Like many other Chicano Artist he challenges social norms to bring forth awareness of what it means to be Latino.
is a founding principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC and a founding board member of Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE). Both are dedicated to building a resilient, radically inclusive economy centering upon principles of race and social equity, sustainability, and valuing people and the planet over profit. He is a community builder and writer who focuses on connecting across creative and organizing methodologies in Black and Brown communities. He has worked over the past 20 years in NYC, DC, and Baltimore with Asian and immigrant communities in direct and emergency relief services after September 11th, which includes data advocacy, technical assistance, and use of community arts spaces. As a community lawyer, he also focused on tenants’ rights and language access. Parag was a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow at the Washington College of Law at American University.
Bashi Rose, Baltimore based theatre artist and filmmaker, has produced work at venues including the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Studio Theater in Washington, D.C., the Schomburg Center in Harlem, the Lafayette Theatre in New York City, the San Francisco Black Film festival, and the Black Panther Party Film Festival in NY. In 2007 he began working with Friend of a Friend prison mentoring program founded by Marshall “Eddie” Conway and Dominque Stevenson at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. In support of the mentoring program, Bashi and Friend of a Friend mentors started a theatre program called, Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression or (D.R.A.M.A.). He also cofounded a youth program, Dancing Many Drums, that allows Baltimore youth to study and travel throughout the African Diaspora. They most recently traveled to Cuba. He's currently a videographer and producer at the Real News Network.
Gracie Greenberg has lived in Baltimore for over three years now and is an active member of her community. She works as a case manager for adults on the Autism Spectrum; at her job she supports people who are neurologically diverse in building and maintaining meaningful lives through life skills training, vocational support, and adaptive therapies. Prior to living in Baltimore, Gracie got her BA from Barnard college, travelled and worked as a human rights observer in South America and Mexico, and lived in an intentional life-sharing community with adults with developmental disabilities. Since living in Baltimore, Gracie has found a political and life-giving home in the queer-feminist community. She is also a member of Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity—a group of anti-zionist/anti-apartheid Baltimoreans working in their communities to build solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation through education, anti-racist organizing, prisoner support, and direct action.