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Black Arts Matter Festival

Presented By The Wisconsin Union Theater

November 5, 12, 19

Building a community around Black artistry by uplifting Black art and Black voices in white-dominated spaces, the Black Arts Matter Festival is an interdisciplinary arts festival celebrating and promoting Black art.

Founder and Artistic Director Shasparay is a performing artist from Austin, Texas, who is currently the 10th Ranked Poet in the World. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and African American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she is a recipient of the First Wave Urban Arts Full Scholarship. While a high school student she was a speaker at the 2016 TEDxYouth Austin conference and earned a National NAACP ACT-SO Gold Medal. Shasparay has been a finalist in a myriad of slam competitions such as Women of the World Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Texas Grand Slam and is the two-time Lip Stick Wars Poetry Slam Champion. Shasparay has also been featured on Button Poetry, Youth Speaks, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Black Arts Matter Festival is a virtual event. Sign up to receive email reminders and stay in the loop.


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