The UW–Madison Division of the Arts and the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) welcome writer, performer, and playwright Porsha Olayiwola to campus Feb. 24 to March 4 through the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program.
An academic year-long partnership between the Division of the Arts and OMAI, the collaboration presents a series of short-term residencies with interdisciplinary artists. Launching in October 2022 with artist-collaborators Jay Adana and Zeniba Now, each artist-in-residence in the series represents the three pillars of OMAI: academics, arts, and activism. Each residency also includes presentations and conversations in partnership with arts departments on campus.
Olayiwola’s residency will include participation as a performer in the annual “Moonshine – A Black History Month tradition” presented by the School of Education’s Dance Department on Friday, Feb. 24, at 3:30 p.m, in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall (1050 University Avenue). A reception will follow (time TBD) in the Virginia Harrison Parlor in Lathrop Hall.
Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator, and curator who uses Afrofuturism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the founder of the Roxbury Poetry Festival. She is also a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets.
Find the schedule of events and more information here.