The Biscuit Podcast
Charlotte is literally bursting with creativity, and this past weekend the BOOM Charlotte Festival put that all on display. With over 100 events and activities over three days, BOOM took over Plaza-Midwood and gave Queen City creatives exciting opportunities to meet each other, work together and share their passions with thousands of Charlotteans. And, The Biscuit Podcast was on hand to gather the sounds — if not the sights — of all the action.
Our producer extraordinaire, Andy Goh, interviews festival founder and director, Manoj Kesevan, as well as Charlotte creatives Davita Galloway, John Hairston, Jr. and Andrea Downs. That’s a lot of creative inspiration in under 15 minutes.
Andrea Downs is a catalyst for helping women air out their “dirty” laundry
by Mai-Lis Bahr on January 8, 2019
People of Charlotte, meet Andrea, Founder of Airing Out the "Dirty" Laundry, a collaborative, pop-up art exhibit of women's stories. Through ongoing exhibits of visual narratives, women are given a space to unite through storytelling while building community. Andrea states, "There is nothing “dirty” about these stories, but we have been told by people and our culture that some people do not want to hear them." Not anymore...
BOOM-Shaka-Laka: Two Artists Bringing an Explosion of Creativity to the BOOM Festival
by Porter Metzler on April 23, 2019
What do you hope people will experience with your installation at BOOM?
Airing Out the ‘Dirty’ Laundry is participatory in 2 ways. Women will have the opportunity to create a piece (signed or anonymous) of visual storytelling in the moment and join it on the clothesline with the others. It will also become a part of all upcoming installations in Charlotte and around the county.
The top layer sewn over each piece of ‘dirty’ laundry flows freely and is meant to be lifted as an invitation to a continuous dialogue about women’s experiences and hopes. This layer is not hiding stories. Rather, it is meant to invite curiosity and engagement with the viewer.