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Art Wire: An Inspired Evening of Writing
Art Wire Fellows share original writings influenced by performances and presentations during the 2020-21 OZ Arts season
Contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville today announced it will present Art Wire in collaboration with prominent literary nonprofit The Porch for a casual, free evening of reading and celebration in the OZ Arts Lounge. Throughout the evening, Art Wire Fellows will share a mix of poetry and prose inspired by the 2020-21 OZ Arts season.
Art Wire is an ongoing collaboration between OZ Arts and The Porch in which the Fellows, comprised of 6 teenagers and 5 adults, experience the OZ Arts season and respond to each presentation with original writing that is personal, playful and deeply engaged. The writers come from a variety of backgrounds and have been mentored through the writing process by Susannah Felts, co-founder of The Porch, and Joe Kane, director of The Porch’s youth programs.
“The work of these writers captures their responses to a unique season of programming that included both virtual and live events and explored topics that reflected the intense year of change we all experienced,” said Mark Murphy, OZ Arts Executive and Artistic Director. “We’re delighted to host these talented writers and are grateful to The Porch team for helping them bring OZ’s recent performances to life in this dynamic way.”
Informed by and in response to OZ’s presentations over the past year, the works highlight many literary genres, including poetry, prose, hybrid forms and spoken word. Featured writers include Nina Coyle, Brenna Feeney, Aloe Franke, Deidra Kelly, Joshua Moore, Andres Martinez, Nora Masters, Ella Neely, and Clay Steakley.
“Despite challenging circumstances, the 2020-21 OZ season gave this year’s Art Write cohort abundant material to work with, catalyzing new creative exploration that often took these writers in surprising directions,” said Felts, co-founder of The Porch. “Their resulting prose and poetry exhibit a fascinating interplay between personal history and the worlds encountered through filmed, livestreamed, and live performance—a perfect mash-up of real life and art.”
Art Wire is a free event, but ticket reservations are encouraged with an optional “pay what you can” donation. Tickets can be reserved here.
For more information about the partnership between OZ Arts and The Porch, visit here.
About OZ Arts Nashville
Founded in 2013 by the Ozgener family, OZ Arts Nashville has quickly established itself as one of the Southeast’s most influential and respected producers and presenters focused on the creation and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by diverse cultural visionaries who are making vital contributions to the evolution of contemporary culture. Through performances, exhibitions, and community events, OZ Arts focuses on producing and presenting the work of local and visiting artists who reflect our diverse society, utilize new artistic forms and technology in creative ways, and provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with audiences, students and cultural and civic leaders. OZ Arts’ unique creative warehouse has developed a reputation as a major national and regional laboratory for experimentation and a home for contemporary dance and performance. More than 50,000 audience members have been introduced to adventurous artists from around the world since the organization opened, and hundreds of local and regional artists have used OZ’s 10,000 square-foot warehouse theater to develop new works. For more information, please visit ozartsnashville.org.
Contact: (615) 350-7200
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209