Memphis Artists and Creatives Gather at Evolution Pop Culture Education Summit

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Recently, Memphis’ creative community converged at the annual Evolution Pop Culture Education Summit.

Hosted by Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis at the Power Center Academy on March 23, the event aimed to uplift and empower local creatives in a celebration of positive artistic expression.

The summit showcased a diverse array of talent, with panel discussions featuring celebrated comic book creator Martheus Wade, wrestler Dustin Starr, cartoonist Katie Jones, and 3D printing specialist Larry Evans. Conversations explored topics such as AI’s evolving role in art, pathways into creative careers, and the sources of artistic inspiration.

“We believe that art can change the culture of the city if we are responsible with the gifts that God has given us,” said LaDell Beamon, founder of Heal the Hood Foundation.

“Many times, we see art that is an expression of anger, violence, drugs, and degrading behavior that affects the way children see their future being celebrated and awarded,” Beamon continued. “The summit changes the narrative by giving creatives a platform to create and celebrate art that isn’t agenda-driven.”

The event kicked off with an energetic performance by the Kirby High School Marching Band and featured additional performances by Preacher Man, Rell Meyers & Ruby, B-Radical & R-Love, and event co-host Ken Ken Worldwide.

Project Manager Natasha Clay Hill played a vital role in organizing the successful event, which included a variety of engaging vendors and food trucks for attendees to enjoy. Sponsorship from Attorney Angela Green and State Representative Karen Camper provided key support for the summit.

Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization using arts and media science to enact positive change in the region. To learn more about the foundation or donate, visit www.hthmemphis.org or call 901-566-0743.