Peacing Shirley is an art education project by Monben, executed in collaboration with The Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. Peacing Shirley consists of a portrait of Shirley Chisholm, a book display curated by Monben titled Representations of Black Women in 20th Century United States & Beyond, and a conceptual installation which will be on display at The Gottesman Libraries from October through November 2022.
MEET THE ARTIST
Monben is an award-winning multi-media artist, writer, teacher, adult continuing education specialist, and anthropologist in-training. She began her career as a painter in 2015, and has since completed over 30 art commissions & projects. Using art as a means of public education is the main focus of her work.
Self-published by Monben when she was just seventeen years old, the poems in Blacc explore Black girlhood through varying lenses including political [mis]education, classism, romance, heartbreak, and ancestral connection. A short but imperative read, the pages of Blacc offer the reader a peek into the sacred and complex experience that is coming-of-age as a Black girl child in Newark, New Jersey.
Commissioned Art Projects
“Paint & Sip” Event Planning + Hosting
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