Center and Fellow News and Events


2021 – Gardarev Fellow, Julia Delgado Lopera, wins Ferro-Grumbley Award for her book, “Fiebre Tropical” (Feminist Press).  You can find the Publishing Triangle interview with Julia (“Nod to My Queer Heart”) on her winning the award here.


2020 – We are excited to introduce our two new board members, M.V. Lee Badgett and Bryan E. Glover.  You can find information about them here.

2020 –  Fellow Cheryl Derricote’s Gardarev project, “2017-Year-At-A-Glance: 214 Dead Black Men”, which visually illustrates data on police killings, was selected for the de Yong Museum “Open” exhibition in San Francisco.  The Museum has acquired the work for its permanent collection to mark its 125th Anniversary.

Nov. 13-14  – Fellow Kevin Wong performs his original one person play – “The Chemical Valley Project”, which will be live-streamed from First Ontario Performing Arts Center in Canada.  Co-created by Kevin and Julia Howman in Partnership with Brock University’s Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as part of the Walker Cultural Leader Series, “Theater in the Era of Climate Crises”, the play documents Aamjiwnaang First Nations Reserve activists as they fight to protect their land from pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future. It has toured through Canada and parts of Europe.  7pm.

Aug. 5-15 – Fellow and director Min Min Hein‘s Gardarev project, “Listen”, on the inspiring life of another former Fellow – Burmese artist and activist, Chaw ei Thein, was presented at the 2020 Locarno Film Festival, one of the longest film festivals.  Here is a festival interview with Min Min.  “Listen is a documentary portrait of revolutionary artist Chaw Ei Thein. Exiled from her homeland of Myanmar, she uses visually striking and emotionally unsettling artworks and performance art as a means of dissent, both to express her political views and to give voice to her victimized experience and inner struggles.”


January 31 – Fellow Devin Zuber speaks on “Philosophy and Art for Troubled Times”, in Cambridge Mass. at the Sweedenbourg Chapel.  7pm.


April 28 – Board Member Mushim Ikeda gives sermon at Lyndale UCC Church, Minneapolis, on “Doubt, Faith and Mystery”.

Feb 8 – 24 – Fellow Goussy Celestin performs in “City of No Illusions” at La Mama Theater – Downstairs in New York City. The play is about the personal and political aspects of the refugee crisis on the US Border with Canada.

2019 – Fellow Kevin Wong produced and managed the multicultural, multigendered national Canadian tour of Prince Hamlet, originally created and presented by the Why Not Theater (Toronto), and later presented in 2019 at: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Festival (Banff), PuSh Festival (Vancouver), Canadian Stage (Toronto), and the National Arts Centre (Ottowa).

2019 – Fellow Devin Zuber has just published his book – “A Language of Things – Emanuel Swedenborg and the Environmental Imagination” (University of Virginia Press), which was written in part during a Gardarev residency.


Fall  – Gardarev Center board member, Mushim Ikeda, has been selected by Colorlines Magazine, to be in it’s inaugural class of “20 X 20”, “a group of transformative leaders who … use a narrative shift strategy to reimagine what it means to advance racial justice in areas as varied as environmental justice, gender rights, labor, education and religion.”

Sept. 6 to Oct. 28 – Fellow Cheryl Derricotte’s work will be part of the Museum of Northern California Art‘s “Silence Out Loud – Contemporary African American Portraits” exhibit.  900 Esplanade, Chico, CA.

August 2  – Fellow Julia Delgado Lopera will give a reading of her work at Museum of African Diaspora.  685 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105.

June 6 – Fellow Julia Delgado Lopera will give a reading of her work at Mills College, Oakland, CA.

June 1 – Gardarev Founder, Toni Lester gives workshop: “Stop, Look, Listen: Nature, Noise and Presence,” on how mindfulness about noise and nature can be a gateway to creativity.  Nirodha Insight Meditation Center, Buddhist Center Sampo, Helsinki, Finland.  7pm.

April 27 – Fellow M. Yvonne Taylor published a piece in the Houston Chronicle, called “My father didn’t want me to dance. Beyoncé shows us that we must.”

April 21 – Fellow Letty Neely speaks on a panel called, “Poetry and Praise”, as part of the Split This Rock poetry festival in Washington, D.C.  The festival highlights poetry at the intersection of the imagination and social change.  Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives “Memorial Hall”.

April 8 and 9 – Aug. 14 – Fellow Bryan E. Glover co-produces (along with the other members of  “Harlem 9”) “48 Hours in El Bronx”, a play reading marathon featuring the work of writers Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya, Raquel Almazan, Georgina Escobar, Pablo García Gámez, Modesto Flako Jimenez, and Christina Quintana.  Pregones Theater in the Bronx and Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in Midtown Manhattan, NYC.

Feb. 22nd – March 17th – Fellow Cheryl Derricote’s work is presented in the exhibit, “Let Me Be A Witness”, at Root Division Gallery in San Franciso. The work in this exhibit was created during Chery’s 2017 Gardarev Center residency.


June 2 – Fellow Min Min Hein’s new film and Gardarev project – documentary, “Listen,” on the life of former Gardarev Fellow and Burmese activist, Chaw Ei Thein, will premier at the Cityvision film festival.  CUNY Auditorium – 1871 Broadway (between 61st and 62nd), NYC.

March – Fellow Javaka Steptoe has just won the 2017 John Newberry and Randolph Caldecott Awards for Most Distinguished American Picture Book for his book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. These are the two most prestigious awards for children’s picture books in the U.S. The book has been #4 on the New York Time’s List of Best Selling Children’s Books.

March – Fellow Cheryl Derricote has just been picked to become a member of the 3.9 Collective, a group of Black artists responding to the dwindling Black population in San Francisco through art. Her work will be featured, along with other members of the collective in a 2018 exhibit, called “Witness”.


Nov. 15 –  Fellow Cheryl Derricote (with Kaye Whitehead, Matthew Mulcahy, and Nate Lewis) artist panel discussion and reception for “Fragile Vessels”.  Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD. 7-8pm. Exhibit runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 11.

Aug. 14 – Fellow Bryan E. Glover co-produces (along with the other members of  “Harlem 9”) “48 Hours in Harlem”, a play reading marathon featuring the work of African American writers Cassandra Medley, Germono Toussaint, Angelica Cheri, Camille Darbi, Nilan Johnson, and Korde Tuttle.  National Black Theater, NY, NY.

July 9-23 – Fellow Chaw Ei Thein exhibits her work at “Healing and Loving,” with artist Krishnapriya Tharmakhrisnar (Sri Lanka) at Loko Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Coorganized by Arts Initiative Tokyo and the Backers Foundation.

June 16 – Fellow Oscar Palacio exhibits photography that responds to the work of Dr. Nisha Sajnani, who studies the trauma experienced by refugees around the world in “Mapping Home: A Global Crisis of Place”. Washburn Auditorium and Gallery, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA.

2016 – ellow Javaka Steptoe releases his new children’s book, Radiant Child – John Michele Basquiat.  The book, with text and art work by Steptoe, introduces young readers to the childhood of famed artist, John Michele Basquiat, and to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.


Nov. 2 – Fellow Chaw Ei Thein’s art presented at “ Curate NYC”. 12-8:30pm. 139 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY.

Oct. 25 – Fellow Chaw Ei Thein gives presentation at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art. 2-4pm. Ithaca, NY.

Oct. 22 – Fellow Linda Dusman’s piece, “Lake, Thunder” (composed during a Gardarev Center residency), to be premiered by E. Michael Richards (clarinet) and Patrick Crossland (trombone) at the 6th annual LIVEWIRE music festival at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Linehan Concert Hall.

Sept 20 – Fellow Rahilia Hasanova in Recital (with special guest, flutist Jill Dreeben).  This event, co-sponsored by The Gardarev Center and the Rebecca Clarke Society, will honor famed Azerbaijan composer and pianist, Rahilia Hasanova, in a special recital of her piano and flute music. Hasanova’s music is deeply steeped in the folk, spiritual and meditative traditions of her homeland.  3PM, Women’s Studies Research Center .  [Part of a series of Gardarev ℠ social entertainment events.]

2015 – Fellow Marisol Negron publishes “Our Latin Thing: Fania Records, Nuyorican Subjectivities, and the 1970s New York Salsa Boom” (Journal of Popular Music Studies).


Oct. 2013 –  The Gardarev Center presents the launch event for its new “Can Art Change Society” public series, featuring panelists writer and scholar Lisa Moore, filmaker Fred Ata, writer Amy Hoffman. First Church of Jamaica Plain, Boston, 10am. [Note: You can now see video clips of the panel here. This is part of a series of Gardarev ℠ social entertainment events.]

Oct. 31 – Fellow Devi Peacock’s work with Peacock rebellion is featured in “A Millennial Giving Voice to Non-Profit Workers in America’s ‘third sector’ “, in The Guardian.


2012 –  Fellow Fay Chiang’s poem, “Landmarks and Geography,” appears in The Mom Egg (Special issue on The Body), Vol. 10, Majorie Tesser, ed. (2012).


Dec. 20 –  Fellow Yadira De La Riva featured in Huffington Post article: “One Woman Show Tells Story of Border Blues,” by Kamren Curiel, Latino Voices Blog.


2010 –  Fellow Javaka Steptoe, illustrates new book on guitarist Jimmy Hendrix for children – Jimmy Sounds Like A Rainbow – A Story of Young Jimmy Hendrix (Clarion Books) with author Gary Colio. The book is a 2010 New York Times bestseller.