Charmaine Minniefield draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora and her personal connection to women who have played a major role in her life. Her work explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective by pulling the past to the present, conversing between spirit space and the physical. Her community-based initiative, The New Freedom Project seeks to preserve black narratives by creating public art in communities affected by gentrification and erasure. Her community murals can be seen at numerous locations in Atlanta and beyond. Her recent public work includes projection mapping and site-specific installation. With a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College, Charmaine Minniefield has also served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for nearly 20 years, holding positions with such arts organizations as the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art and the Fulton County Department of Art and Culture, producing projects around art and activism with such organizations as Alternate ROOTS, Points of Light and Flux Projects. She recenlty served as faculty for the Department of Art and Visual Cultural at Spelman College and currently serves as faculty for Freedom University, an underground university for undocumented students
Sean Irving is an artist activist, educator, filmmaker and deejay. Grounded in the teachings of some of the world’s most prolific social justice leaders, he has served in progressive education settings for over 25 years.
Orinally from Oakland, as a visual artist, he has an extensive career in community-based programming. His work is multidisciplinary, merging elements of graffiti and street art with secret symbols of resistance and freedom. His murals can be seen throughout Atlanta, GA, Oakland, CA, Columbia, SC, and Aburi, Ghana (also where he has led numerous cultural exchange programs).
As Deejay Rebellion, he is known for his distinct mixes of freedom songs, resistance music and iconic speeches often played while painting his murals or when serving as host of the Riot Radio show on WRFG 89.3 in Atlanta.