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Welcome to the schedule for BBF 2016! Please note that with the exception of the following sessions (Life without Envy, The Art of Perspective, Writing with Risk, Sound Advice, and Lore), absolutely every session at the BBF is free, and no tickets or preregistration are required. Thanks, and enjoy your day!
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Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes is an award-winning artist whose work in Boston earned her a 2013 Brother Thomas Fellowship from the Boston Community. She is a painter and collage artist who uses news clippings, photographs, and found ephemera to construct vibrant new images that convey a sense of community unity both individual to Holmes’s early life experiences and representational of a larger cultural narrative. Holmes serves as assistant director and community coordinator in the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she worked to design ArtMobile, an interactive community art collaboration, with Judith Anderson, Sabrina Dorsainvil, and Lewis Morris. She is also the creator of a 2015 Google Doodle honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In her debut work for children, Holmes illustrated Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford, a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book celebrating the life of equal voting rights champion Fannie Lou Hamer. The book has gone on to be named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner, and Coretta Scott King new voices award winner. In a starred review, School Library Journal wrote that Holmes’s “beautiful, vibrant collage illustrations add detail and nuance.”


More about Voice of Freedom

Interview with the BrownBookshelf

Watch Holmes’s TEDx Talk with Judith Anderson & Sabrina Dorsainvil

WBUR article on Holmes’s Roxbury Collage

My Presenters Sessions

Saturday, October 15

12:00pm EDT