Events

Make art. Document it. Send it to The White House.

Conservatives and liberals; critics and supporters; artist of all kinds are invited to send creative work to The White House as messages of hope and messages of concern in response to or in support of the politics, policies, and rhetoric of President Trump and his administration.

This project aims to create a unique collection of political art indicative of this moment, forever to be held within the National Archives’ Presidential Libraries, and a collection of the responses from the White House. Artists should submit documentation of their artwork and later documentation of a letter from the White House. In addition to the online archive, physical gallery presentations are being sought.

Artists are especially encouraged to participate during the first 100 days of the new administration.

For more information on how to participate, please visit http://InCareOfTheWhiteHouse.org

Project by: Steven H Silberg

Inspired by the location in Queens, NY, Tongue Tide invites creative practitioners, artists, performers, researchers, and educators to submit proposals for new artworks, workshops, and performances with the subject matter of language.

Tongue Tide is one of Flux Factory’s 2017 Major Exhibitions and is curated by Emireth Herrera and Christina Freeman.

Exhibition dates : July 3rd to August 2nd, 2017

According to the 2015 census, half of all New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home and over 200 languages are spoken across New York City. Including speakers of endangered languages, the number is closer to 700. As the most diversely language dense area on the planet, the borough of Queens is positioned as a unique microcosm of the greater world – and within it Flux Factory an ever-changing reflection of this multilingualism. This exhibition will explore the plethora of living languages in the borough of Queens, NY.

They are interested in the dual nature of language as simultaneously expressive and limiting. The title Tongue Tide references the phrase, “Mother Tongue,” meaning one’s native language, as well as the colloquialism “Tongue Tied”, or speechless, expressing the limits of that language. Replacing “Tied” with the word “Tide”, references the ocean tide, and the organic, fluid aspect of language.

Artists are invited to propose new works around the theme of language and translation including, hybrid, vernacular, and invented languages, American Sign Language, gesture, body language, subtitling, language censorship, coding, word play, and slang lexicons such as “urbandictionary.com”.

Works can take the form of musical performance, stand-up comedy, sound installation, food art, dinner party, dance party, karaoke, human megaphone, sidewalk chalking, mail art, chain letter/pyramid scheme, mixtapes, site specific signage, bike messenger art, flyering, coupons, text-messages, Apps, virtual reality technology (oculus rift, Google cardboard), web art, language classes, workshops, walking tours, scavenger hunts, interspecies communication, t-shirts/merchandise, poetry readings, dictionaries, zines, film screenings, theatrical performances, opera, endangered language archiving, artists’ books, as well as 2D/3D/4D works. Artists will be informed of acceptance status by April 30.

http://www.fluxfactory.org/events/tongue-tide/

Over the past 25 years, the Oxford American, a quarterly magazine dedicated to documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South, has helped launch and sustain the careers of many significant writers of literary journalism, memoir, reportage, criticism, and the lyric essay. Since 1992, the magazine has published original nonfiction work by such powerhouses as Z.Z. Packer, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Alex Mar, Leslie Jamison, Kiese Laymon, John T. Edge, Jesmyn Ward, Barry Hannah, Wendell Berry, Michelle García, Roy Blount Jr., Stephanie Elizondo Griest, John Updike, and many others, while also routinely publishing emerging writers. The Oxford American, along with its contributors, has received numerous awards, including the 2016 National Magazine Award in General Excellence.

Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. In 2010, he initiated the Laman Writers Fellowship, an annual award that honored Arkansas writers. Past fellows included Grif Stockley, Kevin Brockmeier, Mara Leveritt, davis McCombs, and Hope Coulter. In partnership with ACANSA Arts Festival, the Oxford American is proud to reinvigorate and expand this legacy to serve writers of creative nonfiction nationally.

ELIGIBILITY

Writers of any genre are invited to apply. Although the writer may have published books in other genres, the proposed project must be for a debut book of creative nonfiction. The manuscript may, however, be in any stage of development: draft, agency representation, contracted, or not. For the purposes of this fellowship, creative nonfiction is defined as literary journalism, memoir, reportage, criticism, or the lyric essay.

The Oxford American Literary Project is an equal opportunity nonprofit organization committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena; women, writers of color, LGBTQ writers, those living in fly-over America, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, writers must not be in an academic program and must be willing and able to relocate to the Little Rock/North Little Rock area during the fellowship’s season. As part of the award is an editorial apprenticeship under the Oxford American’s editor, Eliza Borné, writers must also have an interest in the making of magazines and be willing and able to work at the Oxford American offices for approximately 20 hours a week. The Oxford American does not require that the writer or the proposed project have a particular tie to the South; however, applications of equal literary value that align with the Oxford American’s mission will be given preference. Please visit our F.A.Q. for further information on eligibility.

Apply now in Submittable.

Have further questions? Visit the F.A.Q. or write to them at editors@oxfordamerican.org.

***Free Admission – Please RSVP – Sponsored by the Black Archives***

Experience The Power of Black Girl Shattered!
A Celebration of Women’s History Month
Mbembe Milton Smith Poetry Series featuring Sheri “Purpose” Hall
Poetry Performance / Artist Talk / Book Signing
Thursday, March 30th, Reception 6:00pm / Reading 6:30pm
Black Archives of Mid-America
1722 E. 17th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64108

Sheri “Purpose” Hall, an ArtsKC Fund grant recipient, is a spoken word artist who is currently traveling to the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas TX. One of her first orders of business upon her return will be a poetry and book signing at the Black Archives of Mid-America. Her poetry intends to paint images of life and imagination that allows the reader to travel to different worlds while gaining a better understanding of the world.

Black Girl Shattered, the third book by spoken word artist Sheri Purpose Hall, effortlessly weaves her spirituality, black consciousness, and femininity into a tapestry of fully poetic words that are part memoir, part Black Studies thesis, part feminist manifesto, and part sacred text. By exploring the root causes of misfortunes that have been engineered to break the spirit of every woman—and revealing a path that leads to the beauty of mending—she ministers to all women (and men) while also speaking directly to issues that are both unique and specific to the black woman. This collection of poetry, prose, epistles, and essays is built on the kind of raw honesty designed to reveal, refresh, and uplift.

This event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to RSVP

Register for this event http://blackarchives.org/events/edit-event-experience-power-black-girl-shattered