FRESH ARTS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 3RD ROUND OF RESIDENCY ARTISTS!
Participating artists were selected from a competitive application process. The Spring (April-May) and Summer (July-August) residencies will be taking place at MECA (Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts) – a community-based nonprofit, located in the Arts District, dedicated to “the healthy development of under-served & under represented families through arts and cultural programming, the promotion of academic excellence, support services, and community building.” The selected artists will be hosting six-weeks worth of activations that include exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, concerts, and more!
Rian (Raven) Crane
Rian (Raven) Crane (he/they) is a post-disciplinary performance artist interested in Black diasporic rebellion as an anti-thesis to borders, gender, and prisons. Their work explores the paradox of hypervisibility for Black +/ Trans folks as well as the ongoing genocidal settler project of Anti-Blackness, displacement, colonial-made borders and severed ties from the land. Their work posits Black fugitivity as a refusal to the colonial imagination; they imagine Blackness in relation to land, water, and nonhuman kindred. He collaborates with other artists and communities to counter isolation, individualism, and the hyper-productivity of end-capitalism.
Keda Sharber (she/her) is a Houston-based storyteller who uses film, photo, and written/spoken word to investigate and reveal the beautifully complex truths of her community. Since 2009 she has produced a variety of content including documentaries, web series, short films, fine art photography and written pieces that all share the same goal of shattering stereotypes and rewriting the narrative of Black people. A self-taught artist, Keda has held a solo fine art photography exhibit, had her images published in calendars and magazines and been awarded grants for her documentary film work.
The Space Taking Artist Residency, powered by Fresh Arts, is funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and Brown Foundation.