Join the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series committee alongside Lyla June, an internationally recognized poet, human ecologist, musician and community organizer.
First Wave alumna, writer, performer Ajanae Dawkins to lead public programs, teach workshops, and visit schools across Greater Cincinnati
The Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society welcomes writer, performer, and educator Ajanae Dawkins, as the 2022 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence April 10–23. Dawkins has performed, and has been featured, at venues across the country including opening for the United …
First Wave students and alums fuse dance, theater and music in Line Breaks Festival
Over the past semester, University of Wisconsin-Madison dance professor Chris Walker worked with freshmen and alumni of First Wave — a scholarship program for hip hop and urban arts — to bring Danez Smith’s poem …
Moonshine: Celebrating poetry and dance
UW–Madison dance students and others got a chance to learn from professional dancers and choreographers in a Moonshine Masterclass, held after the Dance Department’s live performance of Moonshine, a mix of music, theater, dance and poetry.
First Wave alum Ajanaé Dawkins selected as artist in residence at Taft Museum of Art
Dawkins is a poet, performer, and educator who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2018 as part of the 7th cohort of First Wave scholars. As the Taft’s 35th artist in residence, she will lead public programs, teach workshops, and visit schools in the Cincinnati area from April 10–23.
First Wave alum Jasmine Mans celebrates women of color in first book
National publications ranging from Vogue to TIME to Oprah Magazine all had words of praise for “Black Girl, Call Home,” the latest book of poems from First Wave alum Jasmine Mans (’15).
Artists to “Perform the Word” at 10th Annual Line Breaks Festival March 11-13
This year marks a decade for the Line Breaks Festival, the largest Hip Hop theater festival in the Midwest, which will be presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) …
Madison alum a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Winner
UW-Madison alum and First Wave 1st Cohort member Danez Smith has won a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Smith is one of five young poets who were …
Credo: A Concert of Music, Movement and Poetry
Christopher A. Walker, Assistant Professor of Dance in the UW-Madison School of Dance and Artistic Director for First Wave, Office of Muilticultural Arts Initiatives, will present a full evening collaborative work with the UW-Madrigal Singers on April 19 at 8 p.m. and …
Remembering “Vietnam” the Unforgettable Artist
The Cipher will celebrate the life and memory of talented First Wave Scholar and artist John “Vietnam” Nguyen this Saturday by dedicating the closing night of Passing the Mic to the music, poetry and performance he loved. …