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Where This Flower Blooms

A Pop-up Installation Art Exhibition

"The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself"

 

Perk + Niel—an independent art curatorial consultancy that highlights artists of color in the Raleigh-Durham area—is hosting a pop-up installation art exhibition, Where This Flower Blooms, in Durham, NC on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

 

Details about the exhibition:

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm, Doors open at 7:00pm

Location: Golden Belt Studios - Grand Gallery

800 Taylor Street, Durham, NC 27701

 


 

Event Description: 

"The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself"

 

Where This Flower Blooms will take us to the root of our experiences. It will magnify the ways in which we are catapulted toward growth and then faced with a choice: ascension or stagnation.

 

When we share parts of ourselves that are intimate—our mistakes, our failures, experiences of trauma and emotional pain—we are not only sharing our own stories but we are relaying the stories of many others. Where This Flower Blooms invites an aching world to connect.

 

Every quarterly art exhibition we curate shines a light on the disadvantaged sectors in our community and the various organizations who are actively working to improve them. Where This Flower Blooms will act as one step toward dismantling the stigma around mental health in Black and Brown communities and will highlight the value of therapy. We want our audiences to leave with the knowledge to educate others on these issues and to feel inspired to get involved in their community.

 

About Perk + Niel

Perk + Niel LLC is an independent curatorial consultancy that highlights artists of color in the Raleigh-Durham area. Our mission is to underline the value of art through the creation of opportunities for people of color. Through communal art experiences, we nurture a creative, inclusive and thoughtful community. Together we will create vibrant spaces that facilitate social transformations.

We engage with a wide range of contemporary artists while emphasizing pertinent issues of our time. As we adapt to societal changes, so does the work we feature in our curated exhibitions. Perk + Niel possesses a unique take on concept development through the curation of visual narratives and themed exhibitions. We specialize in contemporary art because it incorporates current culture, assisting us in our understanding of society—where we come from, where we are headed, and its implications for present day.

Every quarterly art exhibition we curate shines a light on the disadvantaged sectors in our community and the various organizations who are actively working to improve them. We want our audiences to leave with the knowledge to educate others on these issues and to feel inspired to get involved in their community.

 

The belief that opportunities are attainable is equally as important as making opportunities accessible. Our vision is for Perk + Niel to become an innovative arts initiative and eventually integrate our company into Eastern North Carolina school districts. This will enable us to create school environments that are rich in culture and forge productive cultural and socio-economic ties with the community. There is a powerful connection between creativity and mental health. In integrating our company into these rural, low- income areas, we will also be helping students build healthy coping mechanisms when dealing with trauma. Our initiative will foster spaces where students can heal and grow through the use of art.

 

About the Curators:

Fredi Nielsen is an alumna of Union University and a former collegiate athlete. She is an advocate for educational equity and has accepted an offer to join Teach For America 2019 Corps in Eastern North Carolina. With a keen eye for detail, she is a distinctive organizer who strategically creates magnetic spaces.


Christina Perkins is an event coordinator with strengths in event management and development. Founder of Perkins Global Planning, a brand focused event planning company, she has expanded from weddings to art shows. In addition, Christina is an alumna of UNC Chapel Hill and an artistic director.

For more information please email: perkandniel@gmail.com

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