Exploring culture’s influence on the issue of race and equity through community conversations and art.

Cultural representation matters.

Visual art, music, design, film, fashion, dance and writing are part of our daily lives.

Together, culture informs our personal perspectives, our understanding of history and the potential to chart a more positive course for our future.

On Wednesday evenings in April (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, & 4/22), 3S Artspace invites you to join artist Richard Haynes and facilitator Kristen Butterfield-Ferrell as they lead the Seacoast community through a series of in-depth conversations that explore culture’s influence on the issue of race and equity. The community conversations are free and open to the public.

When the public community conversation series concludes, 20 participants pre-selected by 3S Artspace, will convene for a series of 10 art workshops guided and instructed by Richard Haynes.

Richard will use the content and hopes for future amity from the community conversations to inform the art classes, with focus on training in his own style of work.

A final exhibition of the work created by the 20 participants will be on view in the Lobby Gallery in June 2020. A public art piece, designed by the participants together, will be created and installed outside of 3S Artspace as a welcome to our space and to our values. The exhibition will be free and open to the public.

Schedule of Culture Keepers, Culture Makers events:

April 1
Becoming Culture Keepers and Culture Makers (Community Conversation #1)
6-8pm / Free / RSVP

April 8
Unearthing Our History - Part 1 (Community Conversation #2)
6-8pm / Free / RSVP

April 15
Unearthing Our History - Part 2 (Community Conversation #3)
6-8pm / Free / RSVP

April 22
How can we put our aspirations into practice? (Community Conversation #4)
6-8pm / Free / RSVP

Check back soon for more details on the Culture Keepers, Culture Makers art exhibit.


What to expect at each Community Conversation:

Richard and Kristen ground each conversation by introducing us to a culture maker through film, music or in person. They will then offer prompts to guide our own listening and participation.

What question did you have coming in? What are you hoping to learn? What are you hoping to contribute?

Each session concludes with individual and shared reflection time.


About artist Richard Haynes and facilitator Kristen Butterfield-Ferrell:

Kristen and Richard knew each other from Kristen’s time as a student and UNH Admissions tour guide, and they re-connected in September 2013 when Kristen returned to the Admissions Office where Richard worked. Richard quickly became a colleague and mentor, and Kristen and Richard had many lengthy dialogues about their own life experiences and how they are similar or vary (mostly vary) based on society’s systems and norms. Out of this friendship grew the opportunity to engage at a community level, and Kristen and Richard have done three Culture Keepers, Culture Makers projects to date.

Richard Haynes:
Richard Haynes was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a first-generation student who was encouraged by his middle school teacher to earn his BFA and his MFA after he returned from his Air Force duties during the Vietnam era. He is a resident of Portsmouth, NH. Richard is a renowned artist and nationally recognized for his paintings and photographs. His work hangs in the permanent collection at the Currier Museum of Art, Historic New England, Schomburg Library, University of New Hampshire, Avery Art Institute, the Bronx Museum of Arts, Houghton and Mifflin publishing and many other private collections. Commissioned by CASA of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, The Portsmouth Peace Treaty, and The Portsmouth Children Museum. He has collaborated on three published works: "Regalia, Native American Dance,” “Portsmouth Unabridged: New Poems for an Old City," "The Great Shape Hunt” and “Whispering Quilts.”

Richard was an art and photography professor at McIntosh College. He has also been an artist-in-residence in New Hampshire public schools, Currier Museum of Art, the Currier Art Center, Historic New England, Exeter Race Unity Walk, and Oyster River Community Read.

Kristen Butterfield-Ferrell:
Kristen grew up south of Keene, NH and attended the University of New Hampshire. She had the privilege of attending a social justice focused program in her senior year, called the Martin Luther King Leadership Summit, which changed the way she saw the world, and inspired her to seek further opportunities to learn about race, justice, power and privilege.

This led her to Teachers College, Columbia University, where Kristen received an M.Ed. in Psychological Counseling, with an emphasis on Multicultural Competency in Counseling. After living in New York City for four years and loving it, Kristen returned to the seacoast of NH to work in the Admissions Office at The University of New Hampshire. She brought with her her desire to continue learning and engaging around issues of race and justice.

Kristen working in Admissions at UNH for four years and became a Program Coordinator in the UNH Honors Program in July 2017. At UNH she is a member of the Social Justice Educators team, a core facilitator for the MLK Leadership Summit, and has led dialogues with different departments about a variety of social identities, including race, sexual orientation, gender identity, social class, ability, and more. She has participated in the NH Endowment for Health Race and Equity Series as a co-facilitator for the Education working group since the inception of the program in 2017 through present.


3S Artspace is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.

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