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Carlton and Brandi Turner, Sipp Culture

April 9, 2020

Art, Community, Ecology, and Health: Public Talk with Carlton and Brandi Turner
April 9, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Blacksburg Public Library, 200 Miller St SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060

The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) is honoring the history and building the future of Utica, MS. Their work weaves together research, development and local agricultural initiatives with contemporary media and storytelling to share the legacy and vision of Utica.  Sipp Cultures’ place-based model program promotes economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of low-and moderate-income people through education, technical assistance, training and mentoring in agribusiness. Additionally, the local nonprofit is working with community members to create an advocacy base to lobby for increased broadband access for Utica – a key to sustainable community development in the 21st century.

Carlton Turner, Lead Artist and Director of Sipp Culture, works across the country as a performing artist, arts advocate, policy shaper, lecturer, consultant and facilitator. Carlton is also founder of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production and co-founder and co-artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). His current work, River Sols, is a new play being developed in collaboration with Pangea World Theater that explores race, identity, class, faith and differences across African American and South Asian communities. 

Carlton is currently on the governing boards of the First People’s Fund, Imagining America, the Center for Media Justice and Project South for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Center for Research and Education, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, a former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member and the former Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS.

Brandi Turner, Program and Events Manager of Sipp Culture, was born in Michigan and raised in New Orleans, LA and Oxford, Mississippi. She is a very creative spirit and an active member of the Utica/Raymond community. Brandi has built a strong career in beauty products, including a number of years with Estee Lauder and Mary Kay. She is an active freelance makeup artist.

Currently, Brandi works as co-owner and Managing Director of TWA Consulting, a firm that provides services in creative consulting for organizations looking to strengthen their work in arts and culture. She is also the program and events coordinator for the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production in Utica, MS.

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In partnership with the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts and the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation