2017 Reading residenCY Winner:
"When I arrived at the residency space that was to be my home for the weekend, I felt a sense of excitement as I took in the warm and cozy surroundings. The book that I had picked to read for the weekend was No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality by Jordan Flaherty. It had been on my list to read for a while, because the issues the book addresses are important and relatable to the work I engage in. The main thesis of the book is that when it comes to grassroots social justice work, our mindset shouldn’t be that we are saving people and that our education and privilege means we should be in charge of organizations and projects. We should follow the lead of those most impacted by oppression and center the needs of the most marginalized.
Throughout the weekend, I was able to reflect on how these ideas show up in my own work and reading No More Heroes was a great reminder to myself to constantly check-in about my own practices and mindset. In addition to reading No More Heroes, I had the opportunity to begin reading We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang, which was available in the residency’s amazing library.
I would highly recommend applying for the Candor Arts reading residency. It is a great opportunity to take some time away from our busy lives to devote to reading, resting, self-care and reflection. The reading residency is a great way to recharge yourself and prepare to continue your work with a renewed sense of purpose, energy, and passion."
—Tasasha Henderson, 2017 Reading Residency Winner
2017 Honorable Mentions:
2017 PANEL OF JURORS:
EJ Hill — Artist and Educator
Jesús Mejia — Artist