In keeping with the mission of community and collaboration, The Jasper Project will sponsor a multi-disciplinary arts event on Thursday, August 3rd in the gallery and main stage theatre space at Trustus Theatre centered on a preview of the play, Black Super Hero Magic Mama. Winner of the 2016 Playwrights’ Festival at Trustus, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, by Inda Craig-Galvin, is a topical treatment of racial tensions that still plague our culture. Under the guidance of artist and Jasper Project board member, Cedric Umoja, The Jasper Project hopes to use the play, in content and execution, as a jumping off point to examine inclusivity in the Columbia arts community and ways to improve upon it. Additional panel members include Jennifer Bartell, Monifa Lemons, Henry F. Henderson, Sarah Macklin, Thomas Washington, Dogon Krigga, Asia Ca, and Corey Davis, with moderator Joy Priest. Umoja will also curate the art exhibition in the Trustus gallery, focusing exclusively on artists of color including Corey Davis, Dogon Krigga, Asia Ca, Sarah Macklin, and Thomas Washington.
Joy Priest is a writer born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the winner of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation College Writers Award, and has received scholarships, grants, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Joy’s work has been published or is upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, espnW, Muzzle, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop, among others. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina.
Playwright and author of the play, Black Super Hero Magic Mama, Inda Craig-Galván is a Chicago native living in Los Angeles. Craig-Galvan received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts. She also studied comedy writing at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and The Groundlings School in Los Angeles.
The event starts at 6:30 with a reception in the Trustus bar and the opportunity to take in the art exhibit and meet the artists. The play starts at 7:30 and an interactive panel presentation will immediately follow.
Sponsorships are available.