Religion, Politics, & Sex Walk into a Bar  Event


Today more than ever, we need to be talking about religion, politics, and sex in the public square. Can we get an amen?! But lately, it seems more and more difficult to have these kind of conversations. If we're talking at all, it's often only with people who think and look just like us. 

Whether it's out of the fear that we'll say the wrong thing, that we'll be shamed for our opinions, or that we really "don't know enough" to comment — it's hard to have respectful conversations about the "taboo" topics our parents told us not to talk about at the dinner table. 

On Saturday, August 11 Level Ground is headed to Jackson, Mississippi to host an engaging evening of ARTCONVERSATION, and COMMUNITY. We'll eat dinner together (where no conversation is off limits), watch a short film, listen to music, record a live podcast with special guest JULIEN BAKER, and meet some amazing local artists who are exploring the intersections of identity. Oh, and we'll have drinks. Of course there will be drinks!



5:00pm - Doors Open 

5:30pm - Reception + Community Partner Talk 

6:30pm - Short Film Screening

7:00pm - Dinner + Conversation

7:45pm - Making It Queer Podcast Interview w/ JULIEN BAKER

9:00pm - XXX Interview w/ XXX

10:00pm - Live Music w/ XXX

11:00pm - DJ Venum



Special Guests



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One local artist will be chosen by the event attendees to receive a Level Ground Residency Grant. This artist will receive funding, mentorship, and support to complete a new project that expands their portfolio in collaboration with Level Ground. 

To be eligible to receive this grant, artists must submit an already existing work to be part of the gallery show that will be on display at the Religion, Politics, & Sex Walk into a Bar event. The gallery show will explore the intersections of identity and seek to expand, deepen, and/or complicate issues of social and/or political divisions. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to: race, religion, gender, class, sexuality, ability, etc.

Level Ground is accepting submissions from emerging and established artists in all media: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art, and mixed media. To submit your work, please send a CV, bio, and samples of your submission to by July 24, 2018. 

All artists will be notified of our selections and further details by August 2. 



If you want to partner or sponsor this event, or have some questions, email and we'll get right back to you!