BLACK HISTORY MONTH OWNER ARTIST FEATURES: MEET ARTE CHAMBERS!DATE: February 22, 2021
Meet Arte Chambers, DJ, visual artist, musician, local artist, and proud Louisville Community Grocery owner.
CHAMBERS WAS INTERVIEWED MY LCG BOARD MEMBER DENNISHA (AKA RENEE) RIVERS.
Here are some excerpts from their conversation.
RENEE – Tell us about yourself and your art.
CHAMBERS – I am a visual artist and musician, I was born and raised here. Another really important thing in my life is that I’m a dad, so parenting is a big part of my life as well. I’ve been an artist for most of my life – since I was a kid. I studied at IUS – printmaking – which helped me develop my craft.
RENEE – Well you’ve obviously got a lot of passion and purpose. With everything going on in the community right now, have you done anything with that? Any special projects?
CHAMBERS – Actually yes – I was a featured artist in GEDDI’s Tearing Down The Walls Project re-using plywood that had covered windows during the protests.
RENEE – Tell me more about that recent work.
CHAMBERS – I loved that project because it gave us a chance to create art and sharing out of something that had been fear and mistrust. It took a scary time and made that less scary by what we were able to make of it.
RENEE – The co-op coming to the West End is about change too, and what the community needs. Why are you a member-owner?
CHAMBERS – I’m interested in food justice. I’m interested in a future where food is accessible. As an artist, I want to apply my skills to this work. I am truly at the disposal of the grocery to do that.
RENEE – Thank you for advocating for us! Before I let you get back to work, what is a favorite food of yours or way you interact with food?
CHAMBERS – well you know you have to eat every day. (laugh) I love to cook breakfast foods – bacon and eggs. But I’m trying to make those meals healthier, adding fruit to the plate, those kind of things. It shouldn’t be so difficult to find healthy options. We should all be able to reach into the fridge and find healthy things.
See more of Chambers’ work at Artechambers.com // Subscribe to his YouTube here
Thank you so much to Arte Chambers: DJ visual artist musician in Louisville, for his time with this interview, and LCG board member Dennisha (Renee) Rivers for interviewing him.
Celebrate Black History with us with more local Black artist features over the next week.