For our January 29, 2021, Untitled: Creative Fusion, we are collaborating with local creatives Adri Norris and Kenya Fashaw. They will be creating the livestreamed event inspired by Senga Nengudi: Topologies.
Learn more about our featured artists below and check out the program for the livestream and see the list of other local creatives collaborating with them.
Adri Norris is a Denver-based painter. At an early age, Adri knew she wanted to be an artist. On her bio on her website, she notes: "Throughout all my live changes, moving from Barbados to New York, to New Mexico, then joining the Marines, art was the one thing that persisted. I was raised to be a leader, to see myself as someone who could help people and improve lives.
"It was only in the last few years that I figured out how I would do that. The Women Behaving Badly series was born out of a desire to educate people about women from the past. Their stories have been lost over time and this loss is a disservice to those women, to the women and girls living now and to society as a whole. Sharing these stories through my art inspires young girls with role models they’ve never seen before. These stories make adults think more about what they have and what they have yet to gain by listening to the voices of the unheard.
"I feel as though I am at the beginning of my journey. My list of women numbers in the hundreds and I have barely scratched the surface. I intend to be in it for the long haul."
Learn more about Adri (and other Denver creatives) in this 9News story and in this 303 Magazine article about Denver artists to watch in 2021, and read our Q&A from when she was a demonstrating artist in the museum's Paint Studio.
Kenya Mahogany Fashaw
Kenya Mahogany Fashaw, is the co-founder and chief creative officer of 5280 Artist Co-Op. Kenya is a spoken-word artist, actress, and playwright. She was a member of the 2012 Denver Slam Nuba’s (“we cut heads”) slam team. She also is a part of the 2020-21 Denver Center of Performing Art Playwrights Group.
She has written and directed Colorism, Breaking The Chains of Complexion, produced by 5280 Artist Co-Op in 2015, and has won a Henry Award for “Best New Play” in 2018. She was also nominated for another Henry award for 1 Night 6 Plays, produced by 5280 Artist Co-Op, in 2019, which included two of her micro scripts Hiphop Matrimony: A Hiphop Musical and Cages: No More Bondage.
Kenya was honored as a Colorado Creative in Westword in February 2020. Kenya says she "creates stories to normalize people of color and to change their narratives."