Charlie Newton is a painter and visual artist whose practice combines uniquely African American spiritual traditions with themes of the Black diaspora and African American history. Newton is also the founder of SPLASH, an educational program offering art classes to low-income youth in Chattanooga. Funding from the REGIA grant supported The Black Bible, a large-scale art exhibition at Stove Works exploring Black spirituality.
— CHARLIE NEWTON
West African Drummer
Christian Kofi Mawuko, originally from Ghana, is an internationally touring musical artist who practices and teaches traditional African drumming as the leader and founder of CK Mawuko Entertainment (drumming and dance group) and Ogya World Music Band. Kofi has spent the last 35 years as a professional teaching artist in Hamilton County Schools, providing Ghanaian drumming, dance and African storytelling. The REGIA grant funded professional development through research and training with Ghanaian traditional musicians and storytellers in partnership with Jazmine LeBlanc, co-founder of ELLA Library, to share his art in Hamilton County Schools through newly developed performances and teaching models that will grow his teaching art practice.
— KOFI MAWUKO
Musical Artist & Producer
Anthony Wiley is a musical artist, producer, and veteran whose practice integrates mindfulness and seeks to deconstruct toxic masculinity and counteract the effects of trauma. As a recipient of the REGIA grant, Anthony collaborated with other local Black artists and music producers to create a new album. Anthony also partnered with Dynamo Studios to offer a new program opportunity for students of Howard Connect Academy to film a documentary about the production of the album.
— ANTHONY WILEY
Mural Artist & Illustrator
The Artist Seven is a muralist, illustrator, and designer whose work is influenced by popular culture and graffiti. He is the host of the semi-annual Burnin' Bridges Mural Jam, in which local and visiting artists create murals together in formerly industrial spaces, engaging members of the surrounding community. As a recipient of the REGIA grant, he created a new landmark mural installation at 110 E. 7th Street in downtown Chattanooga.
— THE ARTIST SEVEN
Musical Artist & Composer
Carl Cadwell is a Chattanooga musical artist and composer, whose work blends jazz influence with pop and experimentalism. He is also the founder of Skypunch Studios, a production studio providing music and sound resources to regional and national partners, including the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Get Vaccinated Chattanooga (BCBST), RISE (Shane Morrow), and The Pop-up Project. Funding from the REGIA grant supported equipment purchases to expand his ability to take on larger production projects and work towards expanding his studio into a commercial space.
— CARL CADWELL
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