Saint Heron, the music and cultural center founded by Solange Knowles in 2013, has announced plans to expand. The origin have learned.
According to a press release, the cultural institution is now to develop into a multidisciplinary platform that includes a creative agency and a studio. Saint Heron continues its goal of “preserving, collecting and enhancing the stories, works and archives that reinforce vital voices within communities” and will also present its first digital dossier that will be “both literary and visual retrospectives more radical” Family and artist lines. ”Contributions by aspiring photographers, sculptors, artisans and designers are presented as well as literary exhibitions with artists and educators such as Ilyasah Shabazz, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Shala Monroque, Cassi Namoda, Helga Davis and Okwui Okpokwasili as well as archives from Womack & Womack and composer Charles Stepney.
In addition, Saint Heron’s supporters can also expect the expansion of their Small Matter art gallery, which is home to various cultural expressions of futuristic designs, as well as the Saint Heron Holism Project, an initiative that provides holistic therapeutic healing and support to women. Girls and color communities.
“Worldmaking was a big part of my practice,” Solange said in a statement. “The idea of leaving behind cities, meccas and universes that have been occupied and celebrated by bodies, voices, celebrations and rituals to be discovered all along the line. When we move on to an institution, the answer and vision become perfectly clear. We are creating a legacy in which we not only continue the work we have already built, but also preserve collections from creators with the urgency they deserve. Together we want to create an archive of stories and works that we consider valuable. “
She concluded: “We want to open these works to the public and make them accessible to students and our communities for research, engagement and consumption, so that the works are integrated into our collective history and belong with us and grow with us. We are creating an embodiment of living testimonies to the glory of expression and how this recharges and reaffirms reverence for our own cultural and artistic worth. We look forward to driving the pursuit of authenticity that strengthens the stories of our employees. “
In the coming years, Saint Heron will also have a permanent art and design collection, an artist-in-residence program, a non-profit library with free access to their archived collection, an in-house collection of home and fashion collectibles, unique brand collaborations, special Music projects through Saint Records, experimental art film releases, a range of gallery exhibitions and installations, and much more.
The first digital installation with Solange is now on the Saint Heron website.