• Akea Brionne: School Children (left), Porch Sittin’ (right) from the series An Ode To (You)’all, 2022; series of six; jacquard tapestry, poly-fil, rhinestones; dimensions variable; courtesy the artist.

We Go: Ancestors Go Where the Indigo Flow

For ages six to twelve with accompanying adult(s)

  • Workshop led by

    Janaé "Jaee" Sumter hails from New Orleans and has migrated to Houston, Atlanta, New York, China, California, and Oaxaca, Mexico. They hold a BA from Spelman College and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Their work has been shared or exhibited in the National Geographic Women’s Issue; Sugarcane Magazine; Visual AIDS; Lichtundire Gallery; Dimensions Art Center in Chongqing, China; and Recess Art. Sumter’s work in community arts and wellness education includes teaching all ages in traditional and nontraditional environments within and beyond the United States and emphasizes ancestral demystification, archiving, healing justice, and cultural storytelling.

In A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, twelve contemporary artists consider what the Great Migration means to them personally and culturally. After seeing some of these artists' works, build a personal archival tapestry using photographs, prints, sketches, and a range of found materials collaged and appliquéd onto indigo-dyed canvas. Tell your story while unpacking the migratory history of indigo as a plant and an ancestral bridge. Families are encouraged to bring copies of family photos and other personally meaningful images to use as elements in their artwork. General images from historians and artists related to the Great Migration are also provided.

About Gallery + Studio

Each of these two-part workshops integrates an interactive gallery tour with a related art project; each session lasts about an hour and a half. Sign up in the Art Lab ten minutes ahead of the session, in time to join us for the tour that starts at 11:30.

Event Accessibility

If you have any questions about accessibility or require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us at bampfa@berkeley.edu or call us at (510) 642-1412 (during open hours) with as much advance notice as possible. More information on accessibility services.