Out Loud, an art market and variety show created by people of color, will be coming to The PIT Chapel Hill comedy club this Saturday. The event is a part of HERE, a festival that hopes to bring representation and diversity to the arts and comedy.
Shea Stanley is organizing the HERE festival and the Out Loud event as a part of her Honors thesis. She created the event to foster an inclusive environment that allows anyone to perform or showcase their talents in the arts.
“A lot of times, the people that are in charge of putting on events only put on events with people that look like themselves,” Stanley said. “It’s important to be aware of that and change who gets to be on stage.”
Stanley is partnering with UNC Creatives of Color to put on Out Loud. Noni Shemenski, a comedian and member of Creatives of Color, will be hosting the event. Shemenski created the Comedy in Color showcase and has hosted various shows, including Bassem Youssef at Memorial Hall last year.
“There’s just not a lot of spaces on campus for people of color to perform or for people to see people of color performing,” Shemenski said. “We just wanted to create a space where people of color can express themselves artistically.”