Firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, the work of Charmaine Minniefield draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora, to explore African and African-American history, memory and ritual as an intentional push back against erasure. Her creative practice is community-based as her research and resulting bodies of work often draw from public archives as she excavates the stories of African-American women-led resistance, spirituality and power. Minniefield recently served as the Stuart A. Rose Library artist-in-residence at Emory University and through a collaboration with Flux Projects presented her work Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives in Atlanta’s historically segregated cemetery to honor the over 800 unmarked graves that were discovered in the African American Burial Grounds. She was recently awarded the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Our Town Grant to present her Praise House Project in three different locations in the metro Atlanta area to celebrate the African American history of those communities. She currently splits her time in residence between Atlanta and The Gambia, where she continues to study the origins of her cultural identity and Indigenous traditions by tracing the Ring Shout.
THE NEW FREEDOM PROJECT
The New Freedom Project encourages creative expression, collaboration and community partnerships which use art at its center to address issues of social justice.
It is the effort of the New Freedom Project to leverage resources and assets in communities in order to bring artists together with civic leaders, volunteers, arts and cultural agencies, nonprofit organizations, and government entities to create meaningful change and solution for systemic issues around civil and human rights today.
The New Freedom Project believes that art can be a catalyst for change and that the principals of creative collaboration can serve as a foundation for dialogue and ultimately understanding so that collective progress can be made towards common goals of justice, equity, and freedom.