Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Presents: “The Larger Conversation: Creative Resilience”

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Isabella Stewart Gardner stands as a model for taking creative risks in life. When faced with losses and difficult times, she sought inspiration and solace in art, travel, friends, and community. Built on the idea of finding strength and fresh inspiration through creativity in the face of adversity, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hosting “The Larger Conversation: Creative Resilience” on Thursday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. The conversation will gather a diverse representation and intersection of musicians, writers, painters, and chefs to talk about pivotal moments in their lives and how they broke through fears and challenges to invent new opportunities and change their life directions.

Moderating the discussion will be Arielle Gray, a multi-talented Boston-based writer, multimedia artist, and Arts Engagement Producer at WBUR who works at the intersection of being gay, black, and a woman living with mental illness.

Panelists Include:

  • Phonte Coleman, the Grammy-nominated and eclectic rapper/singer/songwriter/producer of The Foreign Exchange whose work he describes as post-millennial hip-hop and R&B.
  • Elle Simone, a pioneering food stylist and on-air talent for PBS’s “America’s Test Kitchen” as the first African-American woman to hold the position and an inspiration for other women chefs of color.
  • Rob “Problak” Gibbs, a hip-hop inspired painter, muralist, and graffiti writer who was one of six urban teens to co-found the youth development organization, Artists for Humanity, in 1991.

“The Larger Conversation: Creative Resilience” will be held at Calderwood Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, Mass. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $10 for members and students. Reserve tickets on the Museum’s website: