Urbanworld: BK Edition

In Partnership with…

Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment | MoCADA | BRIC | Jill Newman Productions



Urbanworld and its partners presented a dynamic conversation with a trio of women representing various vantage points of creativity, each of who approaches their work through an activist lens.  These accomplished women organically explored and engage in dialogue around their respective journeys as creators, as well as how they manifest activism through their artistic and cultural work in both the community and global arenas.

Click below to hear this insightful and inspiring conversation that took place at BRIC on September 25, 2016.



Shola Lynch
Award Winning Filmmaker & Curator, Schomburg Center for Research & Black Culture

Best known for the feature documentary FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners and the Peabody Award winning documentary CHISHOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed, Shola Lynch’s body of work feeds her passion to bring history alive with captivating stories of people, places, and events.  She also serves as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center.

Shantell Martin
Visual Artist

The work of Shantell Martin is a meditation of lines; a language of characters, creatures and messages that invite her viewers to share a role in her creative process.  Part autobiographical, and part dreamlike whimsy, Martin has created her own world that bridges fine art, commercial, and the everyday experience — conversations, objects, and places.


Allison Davis
Associate Artistic Director, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

Allison Davis is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn.  As the daughter of an artist and gallery director, contemporary art has always been a way of life.  She has written, produced, and curated across the platforms of exhibition space, television, stage, film, public radio, documentary, commercial broadcast, magazines, and blogs.  She holds a BA in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and, through a departmental fellowship, an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing.