Black History Month is Here!


DS4SI is excited to announce their speakers and topics for February:

February 2: Kenneth Bailey, Co-founder, DS4SI
Social Justice League, aka--Can a Brotha Get a Hero?

February 9: Tiago Gualberto, Contemporary Artist
Black Lives & Black Contemporary Art in Brazil

February 16: John Jennings, Comic Artist
A Conversation about Afro-Futurism and the Gothic

February 23: Ash Lee Henderson, Affrilachian Activist

Mattering and Blackness After America's Post-Racial Fantasy

Sessions will be interactive and contemplative. Food will be served. Presenter bios available at

Every Tuesday in February, 6-8pm.  

Artist/Activist Bios:

Tiago Gualberto is a visual artist and researcher at Museu Afro Brasil. He is a vibrant part of the emerging Afro-Brazilian contemporary art scene. He has taken part in over a dozen of collective exhibitions in important Brazilian institutions, such as the Nova Mão Afro-brasileira in Museu Afro Brasil, in 2012; and three solo exhibitions, such as the one titled Magia Negra in SESC Pinheiros, during the same year. Outside of Brazil, he has participated in various collective exhibits, like the Bienal de Valença: Encuentro entre dos mares in Spain, in 2007, and AfroBrasil: Art and Identities at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, USA, in 2015. He did a residence at the Tamarind Institute, part of the New Mexico University, during the project Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil, in 2012. During that year, he stood out as one of the finalists in Visual Arts category in the Programa Nascente, promoted by the Pró-Reitoria de Cultura e Extensão USP and, in 2015, became one of the finalists of the Bolsa Funarte de Fomento aos Artistas e Produtores Negros, the biggest prize destined to African-Brazilian artists.

John Jennings’ acclaimed artwork explores, disrupts, and recontextualizes racial stereotypes in traditional comic art. His art celebrates the importance of black images in the genres of sci-fi, fantasy and horror and how the presence of those images radicalizes the notion of the black subject. Nationally recognized cartoonist, designer, graphic novelist, and Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), John Jennings’ art and teaching focuses on African American stereotypes in popular visual media. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. His creative practice is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee who has made a lifetime commitment to serve on the frontlines of social justice movements. She is a proud member and organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice in Chattanooga, TN, plays an active leadership role in the Movement For Black Lives (the strategy table, the national Comvening organizing team, and the leadership team of the policy table), is a board member of the Highlander Education and Research Center, and is the Regional Organizer at Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide based in Atlanta, Georgia. 



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Announcing our newest ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellows!

We are proud to announce our newest ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellows, a diverse cohort that will come together for 9 months to hone their crafts and test new ways to do their art practice in public spaces along the Fairmount Cultural Corridor. This talented group includes (listed alphabetically with their art practice and Fairmount Line stop):

Azia Marie Gittens-Carle--spoken word/ visual art, Four Corners
Cornell Coley--Afro-Latin drumming, Morton Street
Hannah Tosi--healing arts, Fairmount
Juan Ricardo Williams--character creation--Upham's Corner
Kalamu Kieta with Nancy Guevara--multidisciplinary artists, Four Corners and Upham's Corner
Melissa Nussbaum Freeman--performance artist, Upham's Corner
Eli Pabon with Jeanny Matos--Latin dance, Upham's Corner
Wilton Tejeda--painting, Four Corners

Keep an eye on more exciting events as this crew starts to rock in 2016... And thanks again to the Boston Foundation for supporting this exciting initiative.



At the Design Studio we design and prototype alternative ways to approach and address complex social problems. We explore unusual solutions, ones that’s very existence help the system see new options for solving stubborn problems.


The Design Studio for Social Intervention: Changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed.