In the lead-up to the showcase Creative Voices for Social Justice, visual artist Joseph Pearson provided a dozen of his paintings, each focused on social justice and inequity, to Word on the Street, an Asheville-based bilingual online arts and culture magazine by and for youths. Local poets Devin Jones and Indy Srinath then facilitated writing workshops in which the young writers of color offered creative responses to Pearson’s works. The results will be shared Friday, May 25, 6-8 p.m., at the YMI Cultural Center. “It is important to me to help engage young people with art in general, and my art in particular, because it allows them to communicate ideas — socially, politically, spiritually or philosophically,” Pearson says. “We live in a confusing world today, and artistic expression allows us to make some sense of it.” A community conversation and light refreshments will follow the performances. Free. ymiculturalcenter.org. Photos by Janet Hurley
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