SPEAK, an artist residency which takes place in New York City annually, enables five young performing and/or visual artists whose past experience of sexual and/or substance abuse lends to their development of original works through a series of workshops, which culminates with a performance or exhibition, using the Bible as a primary source of reference.
Established by Ernest Felton Baker and Shannon Berry, SPEAK, an arts residency was created to identify, cultivate, guide and support young emerging artists in the visual and performing arts who have undergone past experiences of sexual and/or substance abuse.
Every year, five unique artists are selected from an audition, application and interview process and become eligible to participate in seminars, community outreach workshops, performances and exhibitions that take place in New York City. By using the Bible as a primary resource each artist will learn to navigate through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual barriers, which in turn develops their own original works, guided by renowned mentors in their field.
SPEAK provides these emerging artists with life-changing experiences through spiritual growth, artistic recognition and other opportunities throughout their careers to help raise awareness of sexual and substance abuse within the community.