Designing the Narrative with Taylor Shaw and Jon Key

Designing the Narrative with Taylor Shaw and Jon Key

This event brings together two path-forging creatives for a conversation about race and representation in the current moment. Taylor Shaw is a writer, producer and founder of Black Women Animate, a studio dedicated to cultivating talented women of color and other underrepresented people in the entertainment industry. Jon Key is an illustrator, designer and fine artist whose work across different media addresses themes including Southerness, Blackness, Queerness and Family. He also contributed illustrations to the original 1619 Project publication. After Taylor and Jon introduce us to the work they do, the heart of the event will be a lively conversation about passion, identity and experience in creative industries, with a focus on how Taylor and Jon use their voices to contribute to the narratives they’re helping to tell.

This event supports the visit of Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The 1619 Project, October 29.

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Image Credit: Jon Key, The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project series is presented by UCI Humanities Center and is co-sponsored by: UCI Illuminations:  The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative, School of Humanities, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Sciences, School of Social Ecology, UCI Libraries, Academic English, Composition Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center on Law, Equality, and Race, Center for Medical Humanities, International Center for Writing and Translation, Literary Journalism and Center for Storytelling, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs, Staff Assembly, AAPI Womxn in Leadership and Academic and Professional Women of UCI, and UCI Black Thriving Initiative.


To participate in The 1619 Project in 2020: Student Showcase (one minute reflection videos eligible for gift card drawings), Reflection Videos Due November 2. see

Event Details

  • When: Tuesday, October 13, 4-5:30 p.m. PDT
  • Where: Zoom Webinar - Register to Receive Link
  • Organizer: Judy Wu (email)
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