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Visiting artist hosts "Roots Party"

Artist Edisa Weeks at a recent Roots Party
Rebecca Fitton

Edisa Weeks is a multi-disciplinary artist currently in residence with Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Dance Department. She is on campus performing and presenting workshops. And, she’s creating the components of a future performance.

  “I'm in the process of making one thousand eight hundred and sixty five roots out of paper and twine. 1865 represents the last year of legalized chattel slavery in America and it's for a performance installation that I'm doing and which I'll be performing in March of 2020 on liberty.”


But Weeks isn’t making the roots alone.


“It takes time to make one thousand eight hundred and sixty five roots, so I am inviting people to join me and I'm having roots parties. I call it a mash up between a sewing bee and barbershop talk where we generally have a discussion related to liberty in America.”


This isn’t Weeks’ first visit to Geneva. She’s had an opportunity to talk to people about issues facing the community. Those interactions provided focus for a Roots Party at the Geneva Public Library on Thursday, October 10th.


“When I was here in August I talked to several people about what are issues within the community. And one thing that I heard several people talk about was the lack of multiple supermarkets in Geneva New, York and especially the Tops closing there's only one now which is Wegmans, which is wonderful, but it's only in one section and how do other communities in Geneva actually have access to food and what are the issues around a food desert. Why do food deserts exist? How do we change that?”


The Roots Party on Thursday, October 10th will include food from El Morro restaurant and Deacon Henry Farro and Theresa Shaffer from Food Justice of Geneva will be on hand for the discussion about Food Justice in Geneva. The event is open to the public at the Geneva Public Library from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.

Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.