BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville will host conversations and interviews with a diverse group of artists, curators, faith leaders, and scholars to explore the role of arts in spiritual practice and religious life and the role of spiritual practice and religious life in the arts.

Through the Faith in Arts conversations, we are collecting and building a library of stories and perspectives from our local (Asheville/WNC) and international community which illuminate the myriad dimensions of the complex topic of faith in arts from a multiplicity of viewpoints.

Presented as part of the forthcoming Faith in Arts Institute, in partnership with UNC Asheville.

Conversations air at 1 PM Eastern:

Wed, February 10th – André Daughtry

Wed, February 24th – Molly Silverstein

Wed, March 3rd – Norman Fischer

André Daughtry is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary photography and media artist, writer, and performer born in Queens, NY. André’s work as a “speculative social documentarian” explores contemporary expressions/experiences of the spiritual, mystical, and theological in the contexts of pluralistic democracies. Since 2016, Daughtry has served as Community Minister of the Arts at Judson Memorial Church.

Molly Silverstein is a poet, graduate student, and former BMCM+AC staff member. She currently studies at Harvard Divinity School, where her work focuses on spiritual care and counseling and the psychology of religion. Her writing has been previously published in Clerestory Magazine, Maudlin House, Sheila Na Gig, and Five 2 One Magazine, and she has performed with the Juniper Bends reading series based in Asheville, NC.

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is an American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988.

Krisha Marcano was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1995-1997 and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1997-1999. From 2005-2008 she starred in the first principal role as Squeak in the original production of “The Color Purple.” She has taught dance and performance for numerous institutions and is now professor of Musical Theater and Dance, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Entrepreneurship at UNC School of the Arts.

Marie Cochran is an American installation artist, educator, curator, and art writer. She was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. Her work centers on issues of race and gender from an African-American perspective and explores the dynamics of Affrilachia. She is the founding curator for the Affrilachian Artist Project, an organization that promotes the concept of Affrilachia, and works with artists of color in Appalachia. During the 2020-21 academic year, she was the Lehman Brady Professor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.