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Arts & Life

Juneteenth Festival To Highlight Artists Of Color

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515 Manifestival will take place in Des Moines on June 19, known as "Juneteenth." The exact location is to be determined. The event will highlight artists of color across the state.
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The festival, called 515 Manifestival, will focus specifically on artists of color and other artists from marginalized groups, all across Iowa. This includes Black, brown and Asian artists as well as artists that identify within the LGBTQ+ community.

Tomorrow marks the deadline to apply for a spot.

Buffy Jamison, who uses they/them pronouns, co-created the festival along with artist Indigo Morre. They said one reason it will take place on Juneteenth is because although the event is open for all artists of color, it has a Black focus.

"During this time, for people of color especially, we know that these are the populations that were hardest hit by the pandemic. We know that these are the populations that have always been marginalized in this society, and it's super important to have spaces for us that are specific to us," Jamison said.

June 19, "Juneteenth," commemorates slave emancipation. June is also Pride Month, they added.

"It's so incredibly important to have a space like that, especially in times like this. We know that in times of great grief, and in times of civil unrest, there usually is a huge cultural boom. And there's a reason for that. It's because art is therapeutic. Art is hope," Jamison said. "It's a form of getting out whatever emotions you need to get out, and without being judged for it."

The Des Moines event will be free to attend and available both in person and virtually. Artists who participate will receive a free booth or platform to advertise and sell their art, in whatever form it comes in.

515 Manifest will also highlight more unconventional artwork from people of color, like tattoos, hair styles and even interior design.

Jamison said now is the time to support artists of color who were not considered essential workers during the height of the pandemic.

“Giving artists this platform, and making it a free event is another way of giving them the opportunity to make money and the opportunity to be told by folks that yes, indeed, the arts are essential and are super important and always have been," they said.

Jamison anticipates a "good amount of people," and is prepared for an influx of applications right before the deadline Saturday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

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El festival, llamado 515 Manifestival, se centrará específicamente en los artistas de color y otros artistas de grupos marginados, en todo Iowa. Esto incluye artistas afroamericanos, latinos y asiáticos, así como artistas que se identifican dentro de la comunidad LGBTQ+.

Buffy Jamison, que utiliza los pronombres ellos/ellas, ha creado el festival junto con el artista Indigo Morre. Dijeron que una de las razones por las que tendrá lugar el día de junio es porque, aunque el evento está abierto a todos los artistas de color, tiene un enfoque afroamericano.

“En esta época, especialmente para la gente de color, sabemos que estas son las poblaciones más afectadas por la pandemia. Sabemos que estas son las poblaciones que siempre han sido marginadas en esta sociedad, y es súper importante tener espacios para nosotros que sean específicos para nosotros”, dijo Jamison.

El 19 de junio, “Juneteenth”, conmemora la emancipación de los esclavos. Junio es también el Mes del Orgullo, añadieron.

“Es increíblemente importante tener un espacio así, especialmente en momentos como éste. Sabemos que en tiempos de gran dolor, y en tiempos de disturbios civiles, suele haber un gran auge cultural. Y hay una razón para ello. Es porque el arte es terapéutico. El arte es esperanza”, dijo Jamison. “Es una forma de sacar las emociones que necesites, y sin ser juzgado por ello”.

La asistencia al evento de Des Moines será gratuita y estará disponible tanto en forma presencial como virtual. Los artistas que participen recibirán un stand o plataforma gratuitos para anunciar y vender su arte, sea cual sea su forma.

515 Manifest también destacará obras de arte menos convencionales de personas de color, como tatuajes, peinados e incluso diseño de interiores.

Jamison dijo que ahora es el momento de apoyar a los artistas de color que no fueron considerados trabajadores esenciales durante el apogeo de la pandemia.

“Dar a los artistas esta plataforma, y hacer que sea un evento gratuito, es otra forma de darles la oportunidad de ganar dinero y la oportunidad de que la gente les diga que sí, efectivamente, las artes son esenciales y son súper importantes y siempre lo han sido”, dijeron.

La traducción de Hola Iowa.