About

Mission

OneGVLarts is dedicated to advocating for conversations on equality, race, and the experience of life by creating art that raises awareness about social equity issues in the Upstate of SC. It is sponsored by Wits End Poetry, a 501(c)3 in Greenville, SC, which receives funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Metropolitan Arts Council, and more.

Co-Founder: Adam Schrimmer
Adam Schrimmer is a visual artist whose passion is to use public art murals to reach, inspire, connect and beautify neighborhoods, communities and schools. Adam is the founder and owner of Blank Canvas Mural Company based out of Greenville, in addition to being a SmartARTS Teaching Artist for MAC.

https://blankcanvasmuralco.com/
info@blankcanvasmuralco.com
@adamschrimmer

Co-Founder: Kimberly Simms Gibbs (publishing as Kimberly J Simms
Kimberly J Simms is a poet, speaker, and educator from Greenville, SC. She is the founder of Wits End Poetry a literary non-profit founded in 2002. Aside from her passion projects, she is also the Director of Education for the Metropolitan Arts Council where she runs their arts integration program, SmartARTS. She is an award-winning poet and was the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In Residence. Learn more at kimberlyjsimms.com.

witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com
@kimberlyjsimms
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Outreach Coordinator: Artist and Dancer, Nick Burns

Nick Burns was a 2019/2020 GCCA Brandon Fellow and a Greenville, South Carolina native. He began his artistic journey as a performing artist at age 5 and has been teaching dance in the upstate for 13 years. Nick is now as a visual arts educator at West Greenville school and plans to increase in artistic abilities to better serve the community and help make visual arts more attainable to less fortunate people.

theninjapicasso@gmail.com 

Art Advisor: Artist, Calvin Blassingame

Calvin Blassingame was born in Greenville South Carolina and attended Benedict College in Columbia. After college, Calvin met fellow artist Pete Battaglioli and opened a caricature stand in Myrtle Beach where he developed his signature style of pen and ink silhouettes. Calvin's reputation as an artist has blossomed recently with his work being sold in larger metropolitan areas in the southeast, such as Atlanta and Charlotte. Calvin continues to live and work in Myrtle Beach area as a freelance and caricature artist.

calvinblass007 @ yahoo.com

Community Advisor: Traci Fant

Born in Detroit Michigan, Traci Fant believes in building a strong community through actions not just talking about it, being about it! Traci is an award-winning speaker, activist, and organizer who has made her home in Greenville, SC. As a child, she attended Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church led under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks who was at the time President of the National NAACP. Under his leadership Traci learned early in childhood the importance of community outreach, civil rights and the civil rights movement.


Wits End Poetry Board Member: Jenice Pleasant

Jenice Pleasant was born in Sumter, South Carolina and raised in Atlanta Georgia until the age of 9 when she migrated up Greenville SC and began her journey of finding herself with song and poetry. Now an award-winning poet and national poetry slam finalist, Jenice found her voice and has blossomed to be a dynamic force in the upstate of South Carolina.

Check out the artists:

Adam Schrimmer // info@blankcanvasmuralco.com // @adamschrimmer
Alexa Ternes // alexaarternes@gmail.com // @alexa.a.r.t.
Nick Burns // theninjapicasso@gmail.com // @artistninjap
Jonathan Lewis // iartlew@gmail.com // @iartlew
Grey Thompson // grey@colorofgrey.com // @colorofgreystudio
TriniQua Darity // triniquadarity@gmail.com
Timothy Cunningham // mr.cunningham.07@gmail.com // @timothy_cunningham_
Calvin Blassingame // calvinblass007@yahoo.com // @calvinblassingame/
Jaz Henderson // jazzman93101@gmail.com
Matthew Gutierrez // matt@matteom.com // @matteomiles
Julius Ferguson // @juliusferg28
John Pendarvis // andre.sullivan24@yahoo.com // @andre_sullivan1
Brandon Seabrook Nelson // seabrookartist84@gmail.com // @brandonsnelson94
Lem Collins //  booklemcollins@gmail.com // @iamlemcollins
Ray Brown // brown.ray36@yahoo.com // @davillearts

Poets
Kimberly Simms @kimberlyjsimms
Moody Black @iammoodyblack
Bittersweet @iambittersweetpoet
Black Phoenix @blackphoenix2223
Jenice Pleasant @jenicepleasant
Glenis Redmond @glenismakingpoetryreign

Fiscal Sponsor:
Wits End Poetry witsendpoetrysc@gmail.com @witsendpoetry www.witsendpoetry.com