Artist, Poet, Model, Art/Social Activist are all words that describe Bree Stallings. Armed with her BA degree from Queens University, Charlotte, NC, in Studio Art and Creative Writing, Bree is well on her way to raising awareness in the areas that she regards as a high priority. I first met Bree in 2012 or 2013 at a Project Art Aid event that she helped coordinate with the program’s founder, Rosalia Torres Weiner and we have been friends ever since.
Stallings’ works of art, poetry, and mixed-media collage have been covered and published in various print and online magazines including Creative Loafing, Charlotte Viewpoint, Indigo Rising, My City Magazine, MAYO, The Borgen Project, Society Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine etc. Recently Brees’ partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and students at Behailu Academy have provided the opportunity for 3 large-scale public art murals in designated “food deserts” to highlight the pressing issue of food insecurity in our communities.
Currently, Bree teaches adults and children drawing, painting, comic book illustration and animation at Community School of the Arts, and is the lead teaching artist at Behailu Academy, a free non-profit after school program for students in low socio-economic scoring neighborhoods. Through programs, curated art shows and fundraisers she has helped organize, Bree, alongside her creative team and partnerships with Project Art Aid, Behailu Academy, the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the Disappearing Frog Project, Pearls for Creative Healing and many more, Stallings has helped to raise over $50,000 for furthering development in Charlotte’s art and humanities scene.
I think we will have quite a bit to discuss, so please tune into my last, LIVE Tea Time with Tenya talk show on Charlotte Community Radio,Tuesday, May 23rd, as I chat with Bree about art and activism. Show starts at 6:30pmEst.
Tea Time, hosted by jazz musician Tenya Colemon, airs every other Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org, CLTCRadi.org or use the Mixlr app where you can chat with our hosts and guests alike.