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Jimmy Joyner

Project Support Grant - Dance Performance & Public Art

Jimmy is an Atlanta-based dancer, teacher, creator, and supporter of fellow artists interested in the intrinsic healing quality of performance. His work encompasses movement, “ process as performance”, “ creature creation”, and world-building. He is a Distinguished Fellow with Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, the wardrobe supervisor for staibDANCE, a 2020 MINT Studio Artist, a co-founder of Nashville Design House, and a team member with Atlanta’s Fly on a Wall, a platform for innovative performance that supports artists working in the realm of performance.

A&E funding will be used to support "Red Tethers" a dance series focusing on queer Atlantans lost to HIV/AIDS, celebrating their dreams, and fostering hope. Each performance will include a fabric installation and a temporary monument representing ephemera for public experience. The performance serves as a ritual, connecting the past to a vibrant Queer future for all Atlantans.

Jimmy's work encompasses, but is not limited to embroidery, creature making, textile dying, storytelling, installation building, costume construction, music making and dance. Cultivating practices that are living and breathing and support him where he is.  For spirit to manifest things cannot be set in stone. The temporality of these makings is what supports the manifestation of the unknown, or said in another way, temporality fuels the art to do what art has the potential to do.

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