A Black Create(her), businesswoman and conduit for culture and community, CrystalC.Mercer is a celebrated artist, activist, and public servant.She utilizes theatre, poetry, and textiles to communicate ancestral messages and tell social justice narratives.
is just a little girl from Little Rock , Arkansas. An all-around AfroCreative, Mercer is a Black, Queer Textile Artist, Actor, Activist, Poet, Playwright, Published Author, Found(her) and Executive Director of A BLACK SPACE, and Lead Designer and Merchant of Mercer Textile Mercantile. Mercer is the recipient of grants from PEN America and the Dramatist Guild Foundation, which help her continue her charge as a storyteller and a keeper of the culture. She is a graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service (MPS).
Mercer’s past credits include a number of plays, musicals, and performances in Arkansas, off-Broadway in NewYork ,and internationally in Canterbury, England and Accra,Ghana. She fuses arts and activism by using theatre, poetry, and textiles to tell social justice narratives, through merchandising artifacts of the culture and storytelling, with an emphasis of uplifting voices of color and making marginalized populations visible.
A dedicated public servant, a woman of many creative talents, and the daughter of legendary late civil rights lawyer, Attorney Christopher C. Mercer,Jr., she honors the legacy of her father by using artistic mediums as a tool for empowerment ,education ,and social justice. From Little Rock, Arkansas to Accra, Ghana, Mercer has made an international impact as an artist and an activist.
A gem from The Natural State , Mercer is always looking for the next adventure that will unearth her poetic, textile, and dramatic magic.
Activated by arts and activism…She knows, shows, and cares about what’s going on in the hood.
Watch Black Glow Matters, a short film (May 17, 2020)
Download Black Glow Matters, EP
Buy From Cotton to Silk: The Magic of Black Hair (Et Alia Press, Spring 2021)
Donate to A BLACK SPACE