102: Empowering Parent Artists with NYC rep Garlia Cornelia Jones: Part One

If you aren’t already familiar with PAAL, I’d like to bring that organization to your attention, particularly if you are a parent-artist or caregiver.

The acronym PAAL stands for PARENT ARTIST ADVOCACY LEAGUE (PAAL) for PERFORMING ARTS + MEDIA

PAAL is a national community, resource hub, and solutions generator for individuals with caregiver responsibilities and institutions who strive to support them. 

PAAL is offering an online series for workplace and connection as well as a series of Broadway master classes and storytimes for you and your kids! Proceeds support the artists and the PAAL COVID Emergency Relief Fund. 

Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several of the PAAL chief reps from across the country. This is the first of two episodes with Garlia Cornelia Jones, the chief rep of New York City. Garlia and I spoke for over an hour in early January 2020. 

In episode #1, you’ll hear Garlia discuss her involvement with PAAL and how she became the chief rep in NYC, her position as line producer at the Public Theatre, the logistical and emotional push/ pull of our work as parents and our work as artists. and finally the importance of friendships to keep us both grounded and afloat. 

Garlia Cornelia Jones  is a writer, producer, photographer and mother. In 2008, Garlia founded Blackboard Plays, a monthly series devoted to Black Playwrights. She is one of the founding producers of Harlem9, OBIE Award winners for, “48Hours in…TMHarlem”. Her essays and articles have appeared in “The New York Times”, “The Washington Post” and “Salon.com”. Her play “Snapshots” was part of the 10th Season of The Fire This Time Festival. She worked on an MA in African American and African Diaspora studies at Indiana University before coming to New York for her MFA in Playwriting which she earned at The New School for Drama. Garlia is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and a Line Producer at The Public Theater. Garlia Cornelia Jones is the first recipient of the Mother Artist of Color PAAL Childcare Grant.

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