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Arielle Julia Brown

Arielle Julia Brown is a creative producer, social practice artist and dramaturg.  Emerging from her work and research around U.S. slavery, racial terror and justice, Arielle is committed to supporting and creating Black performance work that commands imaginative and material space for social transformation. She is the founder of The Love Balm Project (2010-2014), a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence. The Love Balm Project was developed and produced at cultural institutions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta.  She is also the creative producer of Black Spatial Relics, a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. Arielle is a co- producer on Remember2019, an arts and memorial effort to make space for the congregation of Black communities and cultural workers in the Arkansas Delta Phillips County, Arkansas in the wake of the 1919 mass lynching.  Arielle’s work and writing on Black political performance has been published in the anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines, ARTS.BLACK and Public Art Dialogue among others. Arielle has worked as a cultural producer with the Penn Museum, AlternateROOTS, the Center for Reconciliation, and Hollins University. She has supported cultural strategy at SF Emerging Arts Professionals, The Lewis Prize for Music, the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn and Slavery Project, and the Arts and cultural heritage at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Arielle has received fellowship awards from Alliance of Artists Communities(2018), Monument Lab (2019), LATC Encuentro Artistic Leadership (2014). She received her B.A. from Pomona College and was the 2015-2017 graduate fellow with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University where she received an M.A. in Public Humanities.

Encuentro 2014.
Activating Allyship at Encuentro 2014

Activating Allyship at Encuentro 2014

24 November 2014

As a Black woman, millennial, playwright, and producer who is not Latina, I felt acutely aware of the gestures of absolute inclusivity, both small and large, that comprised my Encuentro experience.