Mahogany L. Browne is a poet, “author, organizer and educator” from Brooklyn, NY who knows a thing or two about promoting a sense of community.
Browne is the Executive Director of JustMedia, which is a “literacy initiative designed to support the grassroots work of criminal justice leaders and community members.” But Browne also uses his talents on another platform. She became the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ first poet in residence, according to the center’s recent announcement.
“We Are The Work” – the name of the residency – will incorporate in-person and virtual events, “as well as new poetry by Browne, commissioned specifically for the residency”.
This residency “will include all of the intersections that have shaped my process as an artist and advocate,” said Browne. “My landscape of being has been affected by mass incarceration, poetry, social movement work, abolition, immigration, recovery of joy, youth leadership, literacy and good. -be mental. This grouping of writers, artists, movement workers, experts, performers and educators is a call to the front. “
Browne’s residency kicks off on July 10 with a “multi-part traveling art experience” featuring visual and literary artists, such as Russell Craig, Rico Frederick, Eboni Hogan and others. The selected artists will explore oppression. Live music will be provided. Young people will also perform poetry. Brown will host the inaugural event which will be followed by free events held which include a book fair, film screenings, concerts, readings, spoken word creation events, a baby movement class and more that will be open to the public, according to the press release.
The residency is presented with Restart Stages, which is described as “a program of the SNF-LC Agora Initiative with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which activates the outdoor space through artistic and community initiatives that speak of our moment current, and reimagines cultural engagement in public space for a new era ”, by Broadway World.
“As we do our part to champion the cultural and economic return of our city, it behooves us to ensure that we support the voices, stories and lived experiences of those whose art is a mirror of our world, even when these stories and experiences can be hard to see, ”said Jordana Leigh, senior director of programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in the announcement. “Poetry is a particularly powerful art form. We are so lucky to be working with Mahogany and the phenomenal group of artists that she brings together.
Please click here to learn more about the July 10 event or upcoming in-person and virtual Browne events that will be part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts residency.