Nov 12 | 7-8pm

Creative Collaboration Exchange

The Artist Bloc, Greensboro

Advance tix: $17/$12 | At the door: $20/$15

Four artists, working in dance, visual arts, spoken word, and percussion will create a collaborative performance in just one day.


James Daniels, spoken word

Damien Mathis, visual arts

Seema Viswanath, Indian dance

Anna Williams, percussion

Bre Forbes facilitates the collaboration. An artist talk-back follows the performance. 

Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7pm.

The Creative Collaboration exchange is co-presented by TAB Arts Center, and additional support is provided by the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Performing Arts Medicine Clinic, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, and The Artist Bloc.


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As a starting point for the collaboration, the artists will explore the idea of “family” and “family traditions.” “We wanted to find a jumping off place that was open enough to allow for different interpretations, and would provide common ground, both for the collaborating artists, and for the audiences. I’m excited to see how this seed of an idea will develop as they work together, “ says Anne Morris, Festival Director.

Held at The Artist Bloc event venue, the event invites audiences to mingle, grab a drink, and socialize with friends before the show. “In this intimate setting, audiences and performers will share the same space, as the performance happens throughout the venue. It’s meant to be an experience,” explains Sunny Gravely Foushee, director of TAB Arts Center. A conversation between artists and audience will follow the performance.

The collaboration between Dance Project/NC Dance Festival and TAB Arts Center came about in an effort for both organizations to reach new artists, bring their audiences together, and offer a unique, up-close and personal arts experience to audiences. The project will also bring these artists into local schools, nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.

Accessibility Details

Accessible parking is located in the parking lot directly in front of The Artist Bloc. 

The venue is on one level. Seating is flexible and can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. 

While there is no printed program, performance details are available on our website.

Masks are optional but welcome.

Please contact Anne at 336-370-6776 for information about any additional accessibility questions or accommodations. 


What to expect

The doors will open at 6:30pm, and audience members are invited to get a drink from the bar (non-alcoholic options available) and socialize with friends before the performance starts. 

There is some seating available for the performance, but audience members may also wish to stand and move around during the performance. Different parts of the performance will happen throughout the venue, and may happen in close proximity to audience members. 

There may be moments where the performers ask for responses from the audience; participation is voluntary but encouraged–you are an important part of the experience! 

After approximately 30-40 min of performance by the artists, the audience is invited to be part of a conversation with the artists. This is a casual time to ask questions about the process of creating the performance, collaborating with each other, and to share any other questions or responses that have arisen during the performance. 

While all ages are welcome to attend, the performance is most appropriate for ages 10+. The venue is an intimate one, so attendees must be comfortable watching in close proximity to the performers, and refraining from conversation and activity that may be distracting to performers or other attendees. 

Thank you to our Season sponsors and partners for this event!

Artist Bios

James Daniels is a poet, writer, educator, and music artist. He uses word and sound to craft experiences, stories, and characters that center the beauty of people—especially those in the healing process. Through creative peacemaking, restorative education, and authentic expression, he creates art and spaces that challenge others to love their authentic selves, establishing lasting peace and joy.  For more information and to keep up with James’ performances, workshops, and events, follow him on Instagram or Twitter @sol_lxve or visit

Damien Mathis earned a Bachelors in Studio Arts with a concentration in Painting and Modern Sculpting. He is a Marine Corp Combat veteran currently transitioning to Color therapy to help others with mental health His work includes various historic artists to show the correlation of creativity outside of the subconscious frame. His artwork is internationally purchased and exhibited from various collectives throughout the world. Some include the Harlem Fine Arts Collective, The Breakfast Club Detroit, and annual showings with the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association Conference Marketplace. His work is collected by many institutions and practices far and wide.

Seema Viswanath is an Indian classical dancer/educator/choreographer from NC. She is the artistic director of ‘Nritya MayaNanda school of Arts’, NC. She is born and brought up in south India. She is a seasoned classical dancer who has been learning not one but two Indian classical dances, that is Bharatanatyam and Kathak. A touring artist, Seema has presented solo as well as collaborative works, have worked being a part of dance companies in India & USA. She has performed in many festivals and have conducted master workshops. Spirituality through dance being her motto, she finds dance a way of living.

Anna Williams, AKA Drum Goddess, is a creative artist and female drummer. She began playing drums as a high schooler, at her church in Fayetteville, NC. She is a self-taught artist, with experience playing congos, bongos, and drum set. Since moving to Greensboro, Anna has played for numerous local artists and events, including as the house band drummer for The Artist Bloc. She started her own band, called the Aux Band, and has been the set drummer for the Poetry Cafe College Tour. Anna also works with kids, teaching music and drumming to give back and spread love through drumming.