Josh Johnson continually finds intersections between activism and the arts. His career wends and winds between running for the Florida House of Representatives Democratic Primary in 2016 to now serving on 621 Gallery’s Board of Directors. After launching a successful social justice podcast this past year, he was poised for a new venture.
Johnson firmly believes in saying yes as a way of manifesting change, no matter the when or where. So, when he ran into the network executive for Roku TV’s Greater Works Network in his local supermarket, he was ready with a pitch. “Art in the Margins” was born right there in the produce section.
“The show itself highlights Black and marginal artists,” says Johnson. “One of the things that I have seen most palpably from my line of work in social justice, and in the art world, is that both of these things can sometimes be exclusive. When we talk about access, I’ve tried to make the arts more inclusive by including marginal artists in the conversation.”
The series kicked off in March and is a partnership between 621 Gallery, Lee Berger Media Productions, and The Greater Works Network on Roku TV. Episodes are released every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. both on Roku and online and feature guests from across art mediums.
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