Elgin-Bokari T. Smith is a visual arts teacher and youth development worker. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Elgin discovered a passion for art in elementary school while drawing his favorite cartoon characters for homework. With encouragement from his sixth grade teacher, Elgin moved on to comic books and public murals. He then attended Central Visual and Performing Arts High School where he studied visual arts, ceramics, and piano. In 2009, Elgin received a BFA in Graphic Illustration and Sculpture. Elgin began work as an artist assistant for Theaster Gates, Chicago ceramic artist and Whitney Bi-Annual artist-in-residence. In addition to his work with Free Write Jail Arts, Elgin teaches visual arts for Changing Worlds and Columbia College and music production for Kuumba Lynx. 

Coffee Table Sessions

Check out the latest episode of the Coffee Table Sessions where we had the chance to sit down with pianist and youth teacher, Elgin Toki Bokari.