Artist in Residence: My Vermont Eyes

The South Burlington Public Library presents a series of seven free community-building events called My Vermont Eyes from February 16th through April 6th, 2024.

Whether you have lived in Vermont your whole life or have recently migrated here, your story is important and a rich source of cultural meaning.  Developing and sharing your own story builds community understanding and connection. In this series of seven events, we invite members of the community to come listen and watch, create and collaborate with the artist, and get to know yourself and your community on a joyful and meaningful level.  Series events are a mix of Open Studios with Dr. Jolivette and hands-on workshops exploring the expression of our stories, communities, and experiences of Vermont as home through words, poetry and art. The culminating work of My Vermont Eyes will be a curated display of stories and artwork from participants in our Library Art Gallery for all to enjoy. 

The My Vermont Eyes Migration Project is led by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning, a theatrically trained performer who uses literary arts (poetry and spoken word) to teach history and African American culture. Dr. Jolivette blends her academic knowledge with her theater acting and directing skills to create spaces for people to express their own stories.  Dr. Jolivette, as she prefers to be called, previously facilitated the My Mississippi Eyes project. 

About Dr. Jolivette

Jolivette Anderson-DouoningDr. Jolivette is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She lived in Mississippi and Indiana before relocating to Vermont. She brings the narrative of her migration experiences as an example for others who may find inspiration for developing and sharing their own stories through their Vermont Eyes. Dr. Jolivette is a poet, performer, Instructor of History at St. Michael's College and is a member of the Vermont African-American/African Diaspora Artist Network (VAAADAN).


Opening Reception
Friday, February 16th 6-7 pm: City Hall Lobby/Auditorium
Meet and Greet our Artist-in-Residence and enjoy a short performance of Poetry and Stories about Black American Migrations: Rural to Urban and South to North

Wednesday, February 21st 6-7 pm: Digital Lab 
"We Wear the Mask": Black American Experiences in History, Where the Arts meet Education. 

Thursday, February 29th 3:30-5:00 pm: Community Room
Discover Yourself Workshop

Saturday, March 16th 10:30-11:30 am: Quiet Reading Room
“Five Black Birds in an Ivorian Sky.” 

Tuesday, March 19th 6:00-7:30 pm: Digital Lab
My Vermont Eyes: My Experiences.

Thursday, March 28 6:30-7:30 pm: Digital Lab
Birds, Butterflies, and the Human Spirit Can Fly: Finding Home and Community with My Vermont Eyes. 

Saturday, April 6th 4:30-5:30 pm: Living Room
Illuminate Vermont. South Burlington Event.


My Vermont Eyes was developed in partnership with Clemmons Family Farm and supported in part by a Vermont Community Fund Arts & Social Cohesion grant. 

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