Launched by the Morton Theatre Corporation in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, the Defiance Awards aim to amplify the voices of Black and African-American artists in Athens and surrounding counties. Ten awards of $500 each will help fund creative expressions that reflect on unique experiences and challenges faced in America today.
Determined by a panel of judges, the selected recipients are Jas Anderson, Jason Aryeh, Cassie Chantel, Broderick Flanigan, Daisean Garrett, Noraa James, Kxng Blanco, Booker T. Mattison, Robby Myles and Camilla Sims. The projects include music videos, digital and studio art pieces, short films, dance performances and biographical works.
On Mar. 2 at 4 p.m., the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, as part of its 2021 Global Georgia Initiative public events series, will present a virtual conversation on the Defiance Project Awards. It will be moderated by Carolyn Medine, director of the Institute for African American Studies, and the participants include multiple award recipients and Thomas Brazzle, MTC programming committee chair. Interviews and projects will go on display virtually and in person in March.
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