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JCTC’S TALK SERIES “BLACK SPACE” WITH ASHLEY NICOLE BAPTISTE CONTINUES WITH EDUCATOR, POET, PLAYWRIGHT, COMMUNITY HEALER AND VISIONARY, Dr. S. RENEE MITCHELL.
Baptiste, an actor and a veteran youth theatre educator with the JCTC Youth Theatre and the Stories of Greenville initiative, was born in San Francisco. “I want to create an intentional safe space where black artists from around the world can come together and have a human-to-human exchange about art, race and life,” she says. “This series is about expansion, and pushing past preconceived notions of blackness.”Baptiste's next guest is Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, creator of I Am MORE.
Dr. S. Renee Mitchell is an educator, poet, playwright, multimedia artist and author and community healer and visionary. During Dr. Mitchell’s 25 years as an award-winning former newspaper journalist, she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and was named the No. 1 columnist in five Western states. She also is a dedicated heARTivist and a trained Community Health Worker, which has resulted in multiple community awards for her dedicated empowerment of her community with her skills as a project manager, grant writer, performer, and researcher. In late 2018, Dr. Mitchell became the visionary founder of a nationally award-winning, youth-development program called I Am MORE (Making Ourselves Resilient Everyday),which started an intergenerational Spreading The Black Joy Virus campaign (www.SpreadingBlackJoy.com). Dr. Mitchell holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Oregon, and developed a strong research agenda around helping Black youth heal from trauma - racial and otherwise, which is often a focus of her consulting, facilitating and professional development trainings.