Conversation: Creature Comforts AIR Noraa James

Conversation: Creature Comforts Artist-in-Residence Noraa James
Thursday, November 4 at Noon

Event recording:

Noraa James, the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Artist in Residence for 2021, will take part in a conversation on art and community in Athens with Creature Comforts hospitality manager Madeline Blankenship and Mark Callahan, artistic director of Ideas for Creative Exploration and associate academic director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

James is a painter, photographer, and graphic designer whose work is an imaginative exploration into many topics of the beauty and sublimity of Blackness through the scope of Afro-surrealism and Afro-futurism. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he came to Athens in January 2020. This conversation will focus on ways to create equitable opportunities to build meaningful relationships between marginalized creatives and the art world’s gatekeepers in Athens.

Creature Comforts launched its Artist-in-Residence program in the summer of 2020 as part of its Get Artistic initiative. The three-month residency provides an Athens-based artist with access to workspace and materials, as well as a $5,000 stipend to support their work and to cover the full tuition of an artist-focused certificate program prior to the start of the residency.

This event is part of the university’s Spotlight on the Arts festival. More information on the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (