Paris Cian Williams
Paris Cian Williams is a bodypoet; her artistry is grounded in contemporary and interdisciplinary works, focused on community growth and restoration. She has recently received her BFA/BA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Rooted from New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, she has studied throughout the United States and Europe. Paris’ creative work has been described as, moving with urgency, meditative, and levitational. Her performative works are built in ethnographic research, storytelling, and healing. Her latest work is an exhibition (home in progress), “7522 Becoming Ave.” addressing integrational trauma amongst black mothers and daughters, which premiered at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Spring 2018. Currently, she is a Public Allies Americorp Apprentice at Dancing Grounds, working on youth development, leadership capacity, and curating a works in progress show, roughwrks, for NOLA artists. Paris will be attending the University of Roehampton in London, United Kingdom fall 2019, working to receive her MFA in Choreography.
Blair Ebony Smith
Blair Ebony Smith (DJ B.E./lovenloops) is an artist, scholar and Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. Her artistic and scholarly work with Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths a practice based and organizing collective that seeks to envision Black girlhood anew. The working title of her forthcoming dissertation is Cruisings, Crossings and Care: The Collective Sounds of Black Girlhood, Freedom and Genius. As an artist Blair is known as DJ B.E. as the DJ for We Levitate and lovenloops, as a beat maker and sampler, a sonic exploration of Black feminist and Black girlhood love and organizing geneologies and the ways we take up celebration in SOLHOT.