Join BmoreArt Founding Editor Cara Ober via Instagram Live for a visit to the studio of Kibibi Ajanku, featured on the cover of BmoreArt’s new print journal. Our conversation with Ajanku, the creative director of Baltimore’s historic Sankofa Dance Theater, will center around her traditional Indigo Dye practice, the deep history of the practice across continents and cultures, and her travel to Africa to conduct on-site research.
Ajanku is the Equity and Inclusion Director at the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), where she directs the Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship. According to GBCA, “Under her leadership, the Fellowship has increased racial inclusion within arts sector leadership and has positively altered workplace best practices through actively training, placing, and referring an annual cohort of emerging professionals. Also, Ajanku is the Urban Arts Professor for a small cohort of students at Coppin State University, and additionally serves as a Community Researcher for Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her work as an arts leader, an artist, and an educator; Ajanku works consistently and deeply as a voice for social justice. She also leads monthly equity conversations for the Alliance and is excited to administer the evolution of a new Urban Arts Field School project with Urban Arts Leadership fellows and community folklorists, recently funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Read: Kibibi Ajanku’s Indigo Journey in BmoreArt Issue 09: Craft by Angela N. Carroll with photos by Phylicia Ghee.InstagramLIVE