If there's one thing that's been certain over the decades—Jumpman has indeed always "been up to somethin'," whether it's the Jordan brand's player and community initiatives, the endless amount of shoes and apparel the company produces through the course of a calendar year, or the internal mentorship and career-rising opportunities for those who work for the Nike offshoot. While we hear a lot specifically about the different signees and programs created for rising athletes, what we don't hear that much of are the various other opportunities the company is creating for those outside of the sports realm. Case in point—this year's second annual Jumpman Invitational in Charlotte, North Carolina aka the "Queen City."
You may have known about the respective athletes and teams participating in the two-day extravaganza, but you probably didn't know that a few days before the teams got into town, the Jordan brand held an event at Foundation for the Carolinas in uptown Charlotte where they commissioned six local artists for their Art With Air exhibition. We got a chance to attend the festivities, and checked in with all six to chat about their work. Let's meet them one by one.