Brianna Mims – Toulmin Fellow

In partnership with the Center for Ballet and the Arts

Artist, Abolitionist, and Facilitator Brianna Mims – a Toulmin Fellow from National Sawdust's season-long collaboration with The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU – explores the lineage and development of her creative iterations of the #jailbeddrop experience, a performance and interactive installation rooted in challenging our inherent understandings of "crime" and punishment. Mims' work contextualizes and facilitates a space to explore interpersonal accountability and reflect those values back on the American “criminal justice system.” The original #jailbeddrop art series was created by Patrisse Cullors and Cecilia Sweet-Coll through Justice LA

This presentation will be followed by a panel on Mims' forthcoming work: an abolitionist game, designed to be played both in analog and digital form, that functions as a tool to practice, self-reflect, educate, navigate conflict, and develop new possibilities for the ways in which we relate to each other and the Earth. This conversation with Mims, moderated by the interdisciplinary choreographer and educator, d. Sabela grimes, will also include members of the project's creative team.

Bio: 

Brianna Mims is an artist, abolitionist, and facilitator from Jacksonville, Florida based in Los Angeles, CA. She has trained and performed in many different dance forms. Her work, which spans across the disciplines of fashion, dance, advocacy, facilitation, curation, and direction, is rooted in explorations of self, healing, and shifting culture alongside policy to create sustainable change. Her experience of the body as a site of liberation is the foundation  for the organizing, facilitation, and art that she creates. Mims is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied Dance and NGO’s and Social Change. She currently works for Californians United for a Responsible Budget.


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Brianna Mims focuses on the body as a poetic and political site of liberation this season through dance and music.

April 8, 2021
6:00 pm
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In partnership with the Center for Ballet and the Arts

A fellow from our season-long collaboration with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, model, dancer and activist Brianna Mims brings together fashion, dance, advocacy, and healing for positive change. This season, through intimate compositions of dance and music, she focuses on the body as a poetic and political site of liberation.

Bio: 

Brianna Mims is an artist, abolitionist, and facilitator from Jacksonville, Florida based in Los Angeles, CA. She has trained and performed in many different dance forms. Her work, which spans across the disciplines of fashion, dance, advocacy, facilitation, curation, and direction, is rooted in explorations of self, healing, and shifting culture alongside policy to create sustainable change. Her experience of the body as a site of liberation is the foundation for the organizing, facilitation, and art that she creates. Mims is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied Dance and NGO’s and Social Change. She currently works for Californians United for a Responsible Budget.

Apr 8

Brianna Mims – Toulmin Fellow