On Saturday, July 31 from 6 to 10 pm, join us in celebrating the kick off of the CAC's Summer / Fall season and the opening of our 2021 Gulf South Open Call exhibition: "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view July 31 – September 26, 2021. Admission is FREE and open to the public! Join us for an evening of festivities including music by Felice Gee, food, and libations. At 7 pm, join us for a Grounding Ritual and Activation with Soundscape by Funké led by local healer and creative Gia Hamilton. This will also be a great opportunity become a CAC member as we kick off the season, so be sure to stop by our membership table! Learn more: cacno.org/behindeverybeautifulthing About the Exhibition: Following an unprecedented pandemic year, the CAC is excited to present its annual open call exhibition featuring multimedia works by 36 Gulf South artists. Guest-curated by David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. the exhibition offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community. About Gia M. Hamilton Gia M. Hamilton is a healer and culture bearer who studied herbology and midwifery under her grandmother Edna D. Hamblin who was one of the integrating nurses at Charity Hospital in the twentieth century in New Orleans. Hamilton has studied herbology, reiki, massage therapy, farming, and acupuncture. Gia also employs Social Magic™ methodology to investigate land, labor, and cultural production while examining social connectivity within institutions and community as a creative. As a culture bearer, Hamilton co-founded an independent African-centered school, Little Maroons in 2006; in Brooklyn, and later, she opened a creative and healing incubator space- Gris Gris Lab in 2009. Gia currently lives in New Orleans with her five sons and is completing an ethnographic memoir entitled Modern Matriarch. About Felice Gee: Born in Brooklyn and inspired by New Orleans, Felice Gee curates sound waves fine-tuned specifically as a form of meditation and celebration. Expect African Diasporic sounds from every era, introduced through emphasis on drum-beats and storytelling.