artist Engagement Team

The role of the Artist Engagement Teams is to develop and manage the community engagement process, anecdotal data gathering, survey data gathering and community presentation of findings. The Artist Engagement Teams also collaborate on open house events and contribute to the development of the survey, plan analysis, drafting and editing.

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E.G. Bailey

A spoken word innovator, he has created spoken word work in film, theater, music and radio. Born in Saclepea, Liberia, and now based in the U.S., he is a founder of MN Spoken Word Association, Tru Ruts Endeavors, the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards, The Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute at the University of MN titled “In Da Tradition.” He is currently assistant director of “Marcus,” a play running through Oct. 5 at the Guthrie Theater. E.G. Bailey is the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award and several of his poems have been published in Solid Ground, the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue, and Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing. He was a co-producer of Write On Radio, an award-winning weekly literary radio program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio where he is currently an on-air personality for the Verbal Graffiti show on Sunday nights. He moves effortlessly among radio, film, theater, producing and live performance.

Together E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage consult through Creative Cultural Consultants. They founded the MN Spoken Word Association and Tru Ruts Endeavors and have taught in more than 100 high schools, colleges and community centers nationally. They facilitate the annual Spoken Word Institute for educators and youths in partnership with the University of Minnesota and are adjunct faculty at the university in the Theater Department and at Augsburg College. Their work and activism has taken them through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Croatia, Canada, the Netherlands and West Africa.

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Shá Cage

An accomplished actor, spoken word artist, writer and community activist, Shá Cage’s performs a striking mix of spoken word and theater. Her work unabashedly questions inequality, class, and gender issues and is rooted in the rhythms of her native Natchez, Mississippi.
Shá has garnered two Twin Cities artist of the year mentions and was named a 2009 Changemaker by Women’s Press. Film credits include “Neighborly,” “Midnight,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “Joe Somebody,” “Factotum” and “Cry About a Nickel.” Theater credits include the Guthrie Theater, Theatre De La Jeune Lune, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, Pillsbury House, Pangea, Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Open Eye Figure Theater, Hackney Empire Theater (London), Zion Arts Centre (London), Nottingham Playhouse (Birmingham, UK) and The Albany Theater (London).

Together E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage consult through Creative Cultural Consultants. They founded the MN Spoken Word Association and Tru Ruts Endeavors and have taught in more than 100 high schools, colleges and community centers nationally. They facilitate the annual Spoken Word Institute for educators and youths in partnership with the University of Minnesota and are adjunct faculty at the university in the Theater Department and at Augsburg College. Their work and activism has taken them through the U.S., England, South Africa, France, Croatia, Canada, the Netherlands and West Africa.

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Chrys Carroll

Chrys Carroll is a multi-media visual artist who has held several residencies, given lectures, curated shows and received grants. She ran the art education program at Franklin Art Works Gallery and has shown extensively in Minneapolis, Wisconsin and Washington D.C. Carroll also founded Women of Color Artist Gathering, which allowed artists the opportunity to conduct workshops, exhibit and perform works.

 
 

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Keegan Xavi

Keegan Xavi is a multi-media artist, producer, community organizer and youth arts educator emphasizing art and hip-hop as social protest. Xavi is a member of Tantrum Art Collective and exhibits her collage work throughout the Twin Cities. She lives in north Minneapolis and is active in her community.