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Black Arts Matter Festival

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March 23rd - March 26th

Location: Memorial Union
Cost: $5 - $50
Categories: Theater Spoken Word

Presented By The Wisconsin Union Theater

Black Arts Matter (BAM) Festival is an interdisciplinary arts festival dedicated to building community around Black artistry. The 2022 BAM Festival will celebrate contemporary Black art with a three-day national poetry slam, discussions, and performances in music, theater, dance, and more.

See the Artists

New for 2022, take advantage of a limited number of Poetry Slam Passes and access all three days of poetry slam events for only $50. And when you purchase a Poetry Slam Pass from February 22 - March 7, you will receive an extra $5 discount on the pass.

March 23rd - March 26th

Location: Memorial Union
Cost: $5 - $50
Categories: Theater Spoken Word

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Morgridge Center for Public Service

 

About Black Arts Matter

Founder and Artistic Director Shasparay is a performing artist from Austin, Texas, who was ranked the 10th Best Slam Poet in the World in the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and minor in 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, Huffington Post, and most recently was featured on the Old Gods of Appalachia podcast.

All venues used in the Wisconsin Union buildings are ADA-accessible. If you have specific accommodation needs, please Request Accommodation.

 

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