ARTSPEAK RADIO with Paul J Schofer and Emma Nuzzo

ARTSPEAK RADIO, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Paul J. Schofer President/CEO Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and curator/organizer/educator Emma Nuzzo.

PAUL J SCHOFER, President/CEO Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
You may be a poet and not even know it! Or perhaps your poetry is polished, published and professional.
Either way, the Kauffman Center invites you to find your inner muse, then enter the Kauffman Center’s first poetry competition, Artful Poetry. Youth and adult divisions are open to entries from Kansas and Missouri. Your verse may earn you a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a Kauffman Center stage.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with us by submitting an original poem AND a video of you reciting the work.
• Submissions must follow one of the three prompts found below.
• Submissions must include a copy of the original written poem as well as a video of the applicant performing their work.
• Preferred video format: Google Drive, Dropbox or YouTube link.

First, second and third place winners will be selected in two categories:
• youth (17 and under)
• adult (18 and over)

Winners will be selected by a panel of accomplished local writers and Kauffman Center staff members.
Winners will have the opportunity to:
• Perform and record their winning poem on the Kauffman Center’s stages.
• Be featured on the Center’s website and social media channels.
• Have their work highlighted in a radio segment on Kansas City’s KKFI Community Radio 90.1 FM program ARTSPEAK RADIO.

Prompts, please chooses one:
1. Visit a favorite work of art, in person or virtually. Sit with it and study it. Then, describe and recall the work only using one sense (touch, taste, sound, smell or sight).
2. Write a poem addressed to a future version of yourself. What do you hope for your future self and the community in which you live?
3. _______________ is the heart and soul of the community. Write about what community means to you and what is at the heart of a community.

Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2021.
Winners will be notified by May 17, and filming will take place between May 29 and July 31, 2021.

Additional Contest Guidelines
• Applicant’s written submission should be no more than 40 lines and video should be no more than 4 minutes.
• Video must be shot horizontally.
• Applicant must face camera.
• Recitation video should be filmed in one single shot from one static angle.
• Video sound and picture must be clear.
• Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds or computer animation.

• Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.
• Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video.
• Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.
• Speak slowly.
• Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.

Meet the Judges
• Glenn North:
o Executive Director at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.
o Inaugural Poet Laureate of the 18th and Vine Historic Jazz District.

• José Faus:
o Speaker, writer, visual artist and performer.
o Founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City, Missouri.
o Board member for the Latino Writers Collective and Charlotte Street Foundation.

• Maria Vasquez Boyd:
o Producer, engineer and host of Kansas City’s KKFI Community Radio 90.1 FM program ARTSPEAK RADIO.
o Painter, artist and writer.
o Founding member of the Latino Writers Collective in Kansas City, Missouri.

We look forward to reading and seeing your submissions.
Questions? Email [email protected]

EMMA NUZZO, curator, organizer/educator; Radically Reimagining Systems: from For Freedoms to Cereus Art
Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Arts Entrepreneur Emma Nuzzo

What: Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture
Why: Emma Nuzzo discusses Radically Reimagining Systems: from For Freedoms to
Cereus Art
When: March 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Eventbrite for this virtual lecture.

Emma Nuzzo, arts entrepreneur and cultural producer, will present on leveraging her experience working for arts organization For Freedoms to start her own business, Cereus Art — an online platform reimagining the art marketplace to empower emerging artists and prioritize equity.

Emma Nuzzo is a curator, organizer and educator working at the intersection of art and social impact. Central to her creative practice is the belief that art encourages the understanding of nuance and multiplicity in narratives, and that in the face of inequity, each one of us is responsible for imagining and helping to create the systems we want to see in the world. Along with her own business, Cereus Art, Nuzzo has worked with the organization For Freedoms for almost 4 years, collaborating directly with institutional partners across the country to produce exhibitions and programming that engender productive political dialogue and spark civic joy.

This free virtual lecture is the fourth annual presentation underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment, which brings nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to KCAI and Kansas City for an annual talk and to engage with students and faculty. Former Hoffman Visiting Artists include Joyce Scott, Titus Kaphar and Sonya Clark.
Sharon and John Hoffman have supported KCAI for almost fifty years and have both served on the KCAI Board of Trustees. They are major collectors of contemporary art, and own works from numerous KCAI alumni including sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment is another way for them to show their deep commitment to nurturing and supporting the careers of artists.


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