516 WORDS: Hearts and Minds


516 WORDS: Hearts and Minds

Meditations on youth, mentorship and legacy in response to the artwork of Floyd D. Tunson

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516 ARTS announced a 516 WORDS literary arts event in the gallery, featuring a phenomenal line-up of performers from both Albuquerque and Colorado with a series of meditations on youth, mentorship and legacy in the context of the exhibition Floyd D. Tunson: SON OF POP.  Through storytelling, poetry, music and theatre, the program explored what we inherit and pass down, such as biases, neuroses and health issues, as well as positives like the spirit of activism and chains that we ourselves have broken.

The title of this event, Heart and Minds, was taken from Tunson's expansive, multi-media installation in the entrance of 516 ARTS.  A Colorado-based, African American artist, Tunson's artwork addresses cultural identity, American social history, and race and class relations, among other things.  For over three decades, Tunson served as a high school art teacher, while simultaneously being a prolific artist himself.  His dedication to mentorship and the messages in his work serve as a springboard for this culturally diverse writers to perform in conversation with his work across mediums.



Idris Goodwin, the emcee of this event as well as featured performer, is a Colorado based playwright, spoken word performer and essayist.  He is the author of the award winning, widely produced play How We Got On and the pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks.  He has been a writer in residence at The Kennedy Center, and has performed on HBO and Sesame Street. Idris teaches performance writing and Hip Hop aesthetics at Colorado College.

Hakim Bellamy, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque(2012-2014), is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion.  He is the co-creator of the multimedia Hip Hop theater production Urban Verbs: Hip-Hop Conservancy & Theater that has been staged throughout the country. He facilitates youth writing workshops for schools and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond.  He will perform new work from his forthcoming children's book.

Tanaya Winder is a writer, artist and educator from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations.  She has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder and UNM, and is editor-in-chief of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, a literary magazine publishing works by Indigenous women and women of color.  She guest lectures and teaches creative writing workshops at high schools, universities and communities internationally.

Ramona King is a storyteller who collaborates with beatboxer Zack Freeman on their own unique form of spoken work and music performance.  King has been performing nationally for over 15 years.  She conducts workshops and gives presentations on embracing change and challenges for empowered living.  She performs folklore and original stories in movement, dance and song, creating an atmosphere of playful wisdom and social justice.

Zack Freeman is an accomplished beatboxer who merges Hip Hop, folk a cappella and electronica.  He records his voice on an electronic device, creating drum, bass and harmony tracks.  He then sings live over the sounds.  He prefers performing at elementary schools to the club circuit, spreading a message of peace, community and social justice.


This event was free and open to all ages.

For more info: 505-242-1445


Image: Floyd D. Tunson, Hearts and Minds, 1993 to 95, mixed media, 144 x 288 x 24 inches