On Sunday, come prepared with a book in hand to the Free Black Women’s Library at NURTUREart. There are no rules regarding the types of books you can bring, except one: that they be by black women authors. The nomadic library, an ongoing project by OlaRonke Akinmowo, has made stops at other venues and neighborhoods in the city, each time inviting participants to swap books or simply spend their time reading authors who are oftentimes overlooked.
Ola Ronke is new to calling herself an artist, and hopes that whatever her work evolves into there will always be elements of Blackness, femininity and magic within, because that’s who she is. She is interested in using art as a tool to provoke, heal, nurture and inspire deep emotion, critical thinking and perspective shifting. Ola has been a set designer, building and designing space for narrative film. Her performance art practice began when she shared her piece “Listening Station” at Stoops. She is a recent Culture Push Fellowship recipient for her new performance piece: The Free Black Woman’s Library. (The Laundromat Project).