Woodstock’s own Simi Stone, already known to her community as a captivating musical performer, is gaining distinction for her visual art. A June article in the Washington Post featured her pastel of George Floyd, an emotional outpouring of creativity and protest, and referred to Simi as a “witness to history.” She credits art with saving her life, and she honors a positive vision of self love, freedom, nature, and peace with her luminous use of color and form.
Growing up on the south side of Chicago, Robin Kissinger began transforming trash and into sculptural art from an early age. He later uncovered his Indigenous ancestry and continued on a path as a painter and a maker of traditional Native artforms from nontraditional materials. Robin lives in rural Michigan and is a parent, multimedia artist, gallery curator, and basketball coach with a passion for collaborating with youth, encouraging the creative voice within, and listening to Mother Earth.
In 2012 Tani Ikeda penned a letter to her younger self with the words: “this is my survivor love letter.” Since then the hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter has become a viral social and art movement helping thousands of survivors of abuse and assault to hear the message that not only are they believed and supported, they are loved. Tani joins us from Seattle and her work and message have been featured in Teen Vogue, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, CNN and more. Tani’s words and the words of Kingston, NY-area survivors are featured on a mural painted by Jess X. Snow and Layqa Nuna Yawar as part of the O+ Festival.