Swift9 is a Nairobi based visual artist who specializes in graffiti and urban art. He has been a professional artist for ten years and is self-taught. He has gained extensive experience experimenting on the streets of Nairobi. He gained notable recognition through his work on the Vulture Graffiti in downtown Nairobi. This piece made international headlines for its message and style. Swift9 has managed to successfully train over 300 young people on how to use art as a tool for advocacy through various workshops conducted annually in Nairobi. He has had the opportunity to work internationally through festivals including: Koch Fest, Street Diaries, Sawa Sawa festival, Fringe festival in Australia, Sanaa fest in Australia, Art of the streets festival in Sweden, Open Source festival in Berlin and The Prince Claus award ceremony in Amsterdam and Exhibited in New York.
ART IN ARCS: BABY & BABU
By Kenn Hopkins Jr.
Inspired by the mural by Swift9
Directed by Kenn Hopkins Jr.
Sound Design by Matt Coggins
NARRATOR: Kenn Hopkins Jr.
This summer, Flint Repertory Theatre is partnering with the Flint Public Art Project to present FLINT MURAL PLAYS. Flint Rep has commissioned 25 new micro audio plays from some of the most exciting playwrights in the country, each play corresponding with a different mural located around the city of Flint.
The FLINT MURAL PLAYS will feature new audio plays from Mando Alvarado (Post No Bills), Hunter Bell (Title of Show) & Ebony Vines, Kyle Clark, singer-songwriter “Danielle Ate The Sandwich”, Destiny Dunn, Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter), Derek Gregor & Selda Sahin (GRIND), Lauren Gunderson (I and You), Harvey, Kenn Hopkins Jr., Greg Kotis (Urinetown), Jenni Lamb, Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Light in the Piazza), Douglas Lyons (Chicken and Biscuits), Leah Maddrie, Alex Moggridge (The Boatman), Eliana Pipes, Emilio Rodriguez, Nandita Shenoy (Washer/Dryer), Harrison David Rivers (Broadbend, Arkansas), Josh Wilder (Wrong River,) as well as University of Michigan Flint student playwrights Taylor Boes, David Guster, Olivia Maxwell-Cook, Andrea Orpinel and Enrique Vargas.
The 25 short audio plays will be available for audience members to listen to for free on the PixelStix mobile app on their phone or listening device as they visit the murals around Flint from June 5 through August 31 as well as online at FlintRep.org. The project will also feature free outdoor community events all around the city with guided walking/trolley tours and live performances.
JUNE 5 – AUGUST 31 – Flint Mural Plays available to listen to on PixelStix mobile app, listening devices and Flint Rep website.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 12:00pm – Downtown Neighborhood Event (Blackstone’s Alley, Downtown)
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 12:00pm – Carriage Town Neighborhood Event (Flint Hard Cider Company, Carriage Town)
SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 12:00pm – North Side Neighborhood Event (MLK Mural, North Side
SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 12:00pm – East Side Neighborhood Event (Latinx Center, East Side)