“Creativity, Vulnerability and Art:” A Conversation Project event with poet and Rise Up International art ambassador Jason Graham (Mosley Wotta)
Does art build a better world? In the first adult summer reading event at Springfield Public Library, discuss what we risk when we lay ourselves open through music, painting, or any other art form. What might we give up and what might we gain when we set out to craft something beautiful or provocative or expressive that the world did not previously hold? Hosted by Springfield Public Library, this program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Poetry Association and facilitated by Jason Graham, an Oregon-based artist and educator and the former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon.
Jason Graham is a Chicago-born, Oregon-based artist and educator. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon and is currently an art ambassador for Rise Up International in association with the US Department of State. He has been featured multiple times as a TEDx speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, Women’s Muse Conference, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, and Oregon Art Beat, and he has shared stages with the likes of Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, and Talib Kweli, among many others. Most recently he worked as a journalist in Nauru for Vice magazine.