Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
A group of five women from Hallie’s “Golden Agers” engaged in storytelling—speaking from the heart with gentle facilitation from resident artists Nicole M. Smith and Lawrence El Grecco Waddell. With prompts, such as family, food, and faith, their stories emerged, and music to awaken memories the final product resulted in an original composition that interweaves the voices of the women with a score by Waddell, informed by Smith. It’s evocative of the thriving community and rich legacy that was, is, and will be Hallie and St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood.
The M has received another Arts Access grant to continue working with the Golden Agers, Smith, and Waddell for a residency focused on Gordon Parks and Black identity.