Grinnell Prize medal

2021 Prize Week Events

Please join us to celebrate our 2021 Grinnell Prize winner, Victoria Jones.

Victoria Jones, founder and executive director of TONE

Throughout Prize Week, students, faculty, staff, and guests will have the opportunity to celebrate and interact with our 2021 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize winner, Victoria Jones, Founder and Executive Director of TONE.

Jones, through her work with TONE, supports and uplifts Black Memphis artists and creatives by shifting the spotlight and resources to the actual people creating culture, and in turn, enables the people and communities creating culture in Memphis to benefit directly from their work and influence.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 28

5-7 p.m.
Soul Food Cooking Session

HSSC Global Kitchen
Cooking together has a wonderful way of nourishing not only our bodies but also our souls. Join Victoria Jones for a casual and lively gathering to create cuisine, community, and share culture. Spaces are limited, RSVP required.

Friday, Oct. 29

Prize Award Ceremony and Keynote by 2021 Prize Winner Victoria Jones
JRC, Room 101 or Livestream
Award celebration and keynote presentation by 2021 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize winner. Q & A session will follow the award ceremony.

Talibah Safiya

8–9 p.m.
Concert with Talibah Safiya and Fraankie

Herrick Chapel

Talibah Safiya is an independent Soul Artist and storyteller from Memphis, Tennessee. Using minimal but impactful instrumentation and visually stimulating lyricism, Talibah has a way of deeply connecting you to her story and your own. Talibah will be accompanied by Fraankie, guitarist and director of marketing and sales at TONE.

Saturday, Oct. 30

2-3:30 p.m.
Workshop: Building Your Own Movement

HSSC A1231
As an innovative visionary and activator, Victoria Jones has transformed the Memphis arts landscape to meet the needs of Black artists and the community that legacy arts institutions had long ignored. During this workshop, Victoria will guide participants in developing community and concrete action plans to address their own local community needs.

Workshop Event Link
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4:30-6 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Conjuring Futures: Black Women Writers Reimagining the World
HSSC, Room 3325

Join award-winning authors Sheree Renee Thomas and Jamey Hatley, and 2021 Grinnell Prize winner Victoria Jones in examining the past through an Afro-futurist lens to empower us in reimagining how technology, earth, and culture can be harnessed to create thriving Black futures.

Panel Discussion Event Link

Sunday, Oct. 31

1-2:30 p.m.
Interactive event with Anasa Troutman: Restorative Economics and Culture-based Strategies for Community Transformation

HSSC A1231
Grounded in a rich history of civil rights work and Black culture, Memphis and Clayborn Temple have become a natural location for healing and to restore Black prosperity, community, and self-determination. Anasa Troutman, founder and director of Historic Clayborn Temple and founder and CEO of The Big We, will share her holistic model for community wealth and culture-building while disrupting harmful and exclusive economic structures.

4-5:30 p.m.
Scraps, A Workshop on Zine Making and Visual Storytelling with Nubia Yasin

Bucksbaum Rotunda
Nubia Yasin is a Memphis-based multidisciplinary artist and activist who uses her craft, no matter the medium, to explore what it means to be Black in America. During this hands-on workshop, Nubia will guide participants in creating a Zine that portrays the power of one’s story and identity.

Monday, Nov. 1

4 p.m.
Careers Convos with Arts, Media & Communications and Government & Social Services Career Communities

John Crystal Center
Join 2021 Grinnell Prize winner, Victoria Jones of TONE for an informal conversation about her work and career path.

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