My Soul to Keep|Dak’art OFF ’22

My Soul to Keep is a Dak’art 2022 OFF virtual experience featuring the work of well-regarded mixed-media artist, Angela Franklin.

Virtual MY SOUL to KEEP Gallery OpensCome in and see My Soul to Keep in a virtual gallery setting. Learn more about the pieces featured in our exhibition offerings.
Midnight GMTEnter the Gallery
Artist Talk Hosted by Sugarcane Magazine’s Melissa Hunter Davis Join Melissa Hunter Davis founder of Sugarcane Magazine, an internationally lauded digital and print platform dedicated to global Black art & culture, in an engaging, thoughtful and dynamic conversation with Angela Franklin about the pieces in MY SOUL to KEEP.
7:00 PM ESTVirtual
Tired of Full Cups: Self-Care as LiberationSometimes we realize that we are overwhelmed as we carry cups that are far far too full. When they fall, we crash and burn(out). Some times we find ourselves getting up out of the floor, a place where our high-effort coping, burnout and grief may have landed us. A place where our SOUL is calling on us to practice self-care in ways that are liberating, healing and restorative. Rather than rooted in individuality and consumption.
7:00 p.m. ESTVirtual

Moderator: Dr. Kyra T. Shahid

Our session will be moderated by Dr. Kyra T. Shahid who is a purpose doula, educator, and leadership developer.  She helps to cultivate, preserve, recover, and birth the dreams of students and professionals whose dreams are at risk of spirit murder brought on by the presence of anti-blackness and other systemic inequities. Kyra is the principal of Shahid Consulting, LLC and serves as the Director of the University of Michigan’s Trotter Multicultural Center

SOULace in the Sea: Seeing the Moon,
Hearing the Tide & Surrendering to Mami Water
We will celebrate the beginning of Cancer season, the summer solstice and June’s moon cycle with Mami Wata. Specifically, we will explore how Angela’s From the Atlantic to the Pacific, When the Water Rises I Look to Mami Wata and other related works in the My Soul to Keep Exhibition identify Mami Wata as a healing and spiritual resource as reflected in Chapter VII – “#RitualHeals – Meeting Mami Wata” in Phyllis’ recently released book – We Got Soul; We Can Heal.
7:00 p.m.Virtual

Angela will be joined by Phyllis Jeffers-Coly, co-curator of My Soul to Keep and author of the recently released book We Got Soul; We Can Heal.

Meeting Mami Wata

Angela’s Bio

With a BA in Art from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and her MFA from Bradley University, Angela has exhibited her works in the US and internationally.  A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she has lived abroad since 1997, dividing her time between Senegal, where she owns Chez Alpha Books and the United Arab Emirates since 2007. 

Most recently, residing in The Marshall Islands, Angela can attest that her experiences with the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans are interrelated and sustain her. Many of her most recent works reflect how meeting Mami Wata in both places has been part of her self-care, healing and restoration. These recent works as well as those created in response to her beloved sister’s death are the narratives she is sharing in My Soul to Keep

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