The Rondo Family Reunion will bring together the “Rondo Diaspora”, people of African descent who have lived and/or currently live in the Historic Rondo Neighborhood, to capture photographs and stories that will be shared with the community via a lawn sign photo and poetry project, a book, and a final performance at Penumbra Theater.
About the artists:
Chris Scott’s work as a photographer is conceptually driven currently by themes that relate to human condition, social issues, and the architecture of “community.” She was born, raised and currently live in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul. Clarence White is a writer, editor, typewriter poet and arts administrator. He has extensive experience doing community-engaged artistic work, including in Frogtown and Rondo where he has led projects with the Aurora-Saint Anthony neighborhood’s StoryMobile, and the Jazz in Rondo project, which brought professional jazz musicians into Rondo Area schools for one year residencies. As a poet and interactive artist, Hawona Sullivan Janzen’s work is often focused on the individual stories that make us all feel human. Her jazz opera, “Clean,” composed in 2016 developed from conversations with other artists in her residency program regarding times in their lives they felt “unclean”, or not fit for mainstream society. No stranger to working with multiple collaborators, Hawona frequently performs with Sonoglyph, a Saint Paul based improvisational jazz quartet.