Bryant Holsenbeck & Bevelyn Afor Ukah

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Bryant Holsenbeck & Bevelyn Afor Ukah

Bryant Holsenbeck & Bevelyn Afor Ukah present in this event series featuring climate-engaged presenters from a variety of disciplines.

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perfect lovers 2823 North Roxboro Street Durham, NC 27704

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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Running February through May of 2023, Living Futures Saturdays is a monthly event series featuring climate-engaged presenters from a variety of disciplines. Join us as we listen, learn, and create community and new knowledge. Events will comprise presentations by each of two speakers, followed by community discussion and synthesis.

The February 4 event will be held in person at Perfect Lovers on Roxboro Street, 3-5pm, and feature artist and environmentalist Bryant Holsenbeck and justice educator, artist, and consultant Bevelyn Afor Ukah.

Bryant Holsebeck is a hunter and gatherer. For over 30 years she has been documenting the “stuff” or our society which is used once and discarded. With an understanding that in the United States we create more garbage than any other culture, yet are blind to our waste, she was one of the founders of The Scrap Exchange, a creative reuse center in Durham, NC. She is an environmentalist, receiving great joy from the natural world. Holsenbeck uses found objects to make sculptural animals inspired by nature and installations using large quantities of societal castoffs. She is a studio artist who has taught throughout the US and Australia, and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a graduate degree in Education.

Bevelyn Afor Ukah works as a consultant to train youth and adults in building skills that encourage equity, organizational efficiency, cultural connection, and collaboration. She has traveled around the world and has lived in three countries. She is a self-taught artist, developing her practice as a form of inner resilience, hoping that her work inspires others to build their own self and community-love practices. She is a part of the Black Women’s Art Collective of Public Art Practice. Bevelyn received her Bachelors in International Studies, Sociology and Anthropology from Guilford College where she was a Bonner Scholar and Multicultural Leadership Scholar. She completed her Masters in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management (with a concentration on facilitation and social justice). Bevelyn is the founding consultant of ​AFI Oak Consulting​, co-founding consultant of the NC Climate Justice Training Cooperative and co-founding consultant of the Auralite Collective. She coordinates the Food Youth Initiative Program (FYI), a program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), which engages youth that lead food justice work across North Carolina. She also co-coordinates the Racial Equity in Food Systems initiative at CEFS, which develops a shared understanding of language, history and race. She serves on the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm Board, the National Rooted in Community Board and the NC Climate Justice Collective.


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Sliding scale tickets are available for in-person attendance. Community level helps cover basic costs, Supporter level helps support presenter compensation, while Advocate level also contributes to the manifestation of future offerings. Virtual Attendance ticket holders will receive a private link to the event live stream in advance of the event. No one turned away for lack of funds: contact to inquire about complementary tickets.

Advance ticket registration recommended.


Living Futures Saturdays is hosted by The School for Living Futures, an interdisciplinary, experimental school in Durham, NC dedicated to creating new knowledge and possibility for our climate-changed future. Our mission is to become a hub for programming and projects that combine art, climate work, kinship and community, and that bring together the knowledge of artists, healers, scientists, activists, ancestral wisdom holders, scholars, designers, and storytellers. Our offerings will include speaker series, workshops, performances, and collaborative creative projects. We aim to counteract climate despair, denial, and inaction, and to empower people with the skills and ideas necessary to become changemakers in their own realms and create living futures for people and the planet.

Covid & Health:

All vaccinated/boosted people are welcome to attend our events. Masks are encouraged. Stay home if you’re sick.

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