Artist in Residence Program

Artists Making An Impact

Historic Clayborn Temple is privileged to have been selected to serve as a Cultural Hub for the 2022-2023 Artists At Work initiative, a program designed to support the rebuilding of healthy communities through artistic civic engagement. Such a program is instrumental in the organization's mission to reanimate historic narratives through both the preservation and continuation of Clayborn’s legacy. In these objectives, the role of cultural arts and arts programming will be central, and through the Artist At Work initiative, will establish a basis to create community-oriented opportunities that future foster an enriching relationship with the greater Memphis locality and the public arts.

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Bringing their respective talents and creative passions to the artistic work of Historic Clayborn Temple, Alicia Ester and Carin Malone inaugurated the organization's residency program, commissioned for separate and unique projects. Actress and filmer maker, Alicia Ester expresses her innate responsibility to “seek transparency, and truth in the vulnerability of telling the stories of community—to investigate and celebrate their connective fabric and collective history”. In collaboration with the Memphis Interfaith Coalition of Action and Hope, Ester strives to share the value and impact of cultural organizing in social change through a documentary film project.

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In addition to a nearly decade-long career in development and event coordination, Carin Malone (artistically known as, Writeous Soul) is a vibratious poet and spoken word performer, celebrated for her lyrical exhibitions of original work that illustrate social, political, and historic essences. Malone aims to highlight the impact and relationship between environmental justice and economic justice expressed through a creative innovation project with the Depot Communities United Community Development Corporation.

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