Project: dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home

Centered in African-American artistic and cultural traditions, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home supports the creation of spaces that activate communal wisdom and self-determination. dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home is partnering with the South Minneapolis based Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association to provide mentorship to a cohort of five to seven Minneapolis based emerging artists of color. The cohort will receive guidance on how to navigate the lending process with their income streams, and will work closely with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust to learn about the Land Trust model as they move toward home ownership. Work will begin in May of 2018 and will include Sharon’s mentorship of the cohort. The cohort will create and share new works that arise from the visions, ideas and learnings within the cohort process, and Sharon will share an excerpt from dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation – a collaboration between herself, her daughter Sonja Perryman, and Walter Kitundu.

Awardee: Sharon Bridgforth

Performing Arts, 2016

Sharon is a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist and a 2016 Creative Capital Awardee. A New Dramatists alumnae, Sharon collaborates with actors, dancers, singers and audiences live during performance as she composes moving soundscapes of her ritual/jazz texts.  A MAP Fund and National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient, her work has been presented by Links Hall, Pillsbury House Theatre, The New Black Fest and New York SummerStage Festival. She has served in residence at: International Development Exchange; allgo, a Texas statewide queer people of color organization; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Publications include: love conjure/blues; Lambda Literary Award winning the bull-jean stories; and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project. Sharon’s delta dandi, is published in solo/black/woman and River See is published in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Spring Issue 43.1.Sharon is currently touring, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show and dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation.