Defying Gravity: Artists of Color “Making It” in the Baystate

Jason Talbot is one of seven participants in the upcoming Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Fuller Craft Museum entitled "Defying Gravity: Artists of Color 'Making It' in the Baystate." (Photo courtesy of the Fuller Craft Museum)
Jason Talbot is one of seven participants in the upcoming Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Fuller Craft Museum entitled “Defying Gravity: Artists of Color ‘Making It’ in the Baystate.” (Photo courtesy of the Fuller Craft Museum)

Jason Talbot is a co-founder and alumnus of Artists For Humanity (AFH), a South Boston non-profit organization that combines art and entrepreneurship to address society’s most challenging social, economic and racial issues. The largest employer of Boston teens, AFH provides some of the city’s most under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.

Currently serving as Special Projects Director and member of AFH’s Board of Directors, Jason has dedicated the last 24 years of his life ensuring that these young people are not ignored by encouraging their self-expression through art, and by serving as an example of how to create a bright future.

Among his many accomplishments, in 2012 Jason was chosen as one of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders. The following year he received the Mentor of the Year Award from Youth Design; and he is presently a member of WGBH’s Board of Overseers.

On Saturday, May 14 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Jason will participate in a roundtable discussion with six other creative artists as they share their experiences “making it,” literally (creating) and figuratively (succeeding), in the Baystate.

Moderated by Titilayo Ngwenya, the Communications Director at the Museum, the conversation will also feature Alison Croney, wood sculptor at the Eliot School; Chachi Carvalho, hip hop artist; Renee Dongo, Peruvian filmmaker; Michael Holley, radio sports commentator (WEEI’s Dale and Holley show) and author of two books about the New England Patriots; Saraswathi Jones, singer/songwriter, and co-producer of Hindie Rock Fest; and David Sun Kong, Ph.D., synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

The event is organized by the Museum in collaboration with the Yale Club of Boston and the Yale Black Alumni Association (Boston Chapter).

The Roundtable takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by a cocktail reception featuring a live band, food and a cash bar until 10 p.m.

Tickets are: $15 for students; $25 advance purchase (by May 1); $30 for Museum members; and $35 for non-members.

The Fuller Craft Museum is located at 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA. For more information, call 508-588-6000. To sign up for their newsletter via e-mail, read about upcoming events and current exhibitions or becoming a member, visit www.fullercraft.org.

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