Festival Panels - 2023 Panel Listings

Session || 9:30 am

The Role of Public Arts in Placekeeping and Social Justice

Grace Kim || Consultant || Moderator


Charmaine Minniefield || Praise House Project

LeJuano Varnell || Sweet Auburn Works

Miranda Kyle || Beltline Arts

Sessions || 10:30 am

Liberation through Seed Saving

Sagdrina Jalal || Sage D || Moderator

In conversation with:

Stephanie Simmons || Farmer

The Dirt Talks Back: Probing Neighborhood History

Edith Kelman || BiRacial History Project || Presenter

Session || 12 pm

Cemetery Preservation: Treasured Memories, Treasured Histories

Dr. Shari Williams || The Ridge Macon County Archaeology Project || Moderator

Lisa Y. Henderson || Lane Street Project, Black Wide Awake Blog

Debra Taylor Gonzalez || Friends of Geer Cemetery and Genealogist

Handout from Cemetery Preservation Panel-  

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Session || 12:30 pm

Preserving Our Ancestors Stories: Sacred Spaces and Heirlooms

Tanzy Ward || Zanathia Jewelry and Antiques

Preserving Black Craft History Through Chairmaking

Robell Awake || Furniture Maker, Black Craft Artist

How Grassroots Organizations Can Work with Ciy Departments to Preserve Community Assets

Rita Cofield || The Watts Community of LA

Session || 12:30 pm
Workshop Session

Sierra X Chasity || Build Your Archive

Session || 2 pm

How to Be a Dope Artist

Artemus Jenkins || Disscussant

Sessions || 2:30

The Importance of Saving LGBTQ Histories

Leslie Spencer || Sankofa Cultural Resources

In discussion with

Christopher Gleason || PhD Studies

Placemaking in Print

Courtney Napier|| Black Oak Society, EIC of BOS Magazine

Session || 4 pm

How LGBTQ Rights Brought the Bible Belt Out of Bondage

Leslie Spencer ||  Moderator


Dave Hayward || Touching Up Our Roots, Inc, Georgia’s LGBTQ Story Project

Maria Helena Dolan || Touching Up Our Roots, Inc,

Sessions || 4:30 pm

Preserving the Black Built Environment

Tonja Khabir || Jones Cafe, Macon, GA

Black Iron and the Rhizome

Y. Malik Jalal

Sessions || 5:00 pm

Black History Education, So What?

Nedra Deadwyler || Save Your Spaces, Civil Bikes || Moderator

Rachel Willis || Elevating Equity

Jonathan Peraza Campos || Buford Highway Peoples Hub

6- 7:30 pm DJ Ramadhan

Intercession - Dance Party

Evening Sessions- Doors 7:00 pm start promptly at 7:30 pm

Inspire || Poetry Talk-back

Brittany Williams || B-SpokeIt

Inspire || Filmmakers/ Documentaries & Panels

Sed Lakpa || United Storytellers || Moderator

Alahna Lark || Filmmaker

Kaliena “Kow” Bowen || Filmmaker || JUNK M3D!A

Rita Cofield ||

Additional Festival Sessions and Workshops

More About the Save Your Spaces Festival

Our Festival will be hosted in two amazing spaces on Saturday, May 21, 2022 that offer the perfect setting for community members to gather and make actionable change in historic preservation.

Create ATL

6:00pm - 11:00 pm

Located in Adair Park, Create ATL is a collaboration space that brings together powerful neighbors and the business leaders of tomorrow.

Still Undecided about Attending?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Anyone who is intrigued by local history, wants to contribute to storytelling, have a (his/her)story to preserve, curious and wants to learn more about cultural heritage and create ways to preserve that embraces one’s own culture.

WHY ATTEND: Build a network of community-selected and designated heritage and historic sites, join in on educational and skill-building programs, get involved or create your own project, and more!

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