The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts and the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) welcomed writer, performer, and playwright Porsha Olayiwola to campus February 24–March 4 through the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program.
Olayiwola’s residency included participation as a performer in the annual Moonshine – A Black History Month tradition presented by the Dance Department and a panelist at the Division of the Arts’ February Arts Together event on Friday, February 24. Olayiwola was interviewed on Badger Talks Live on Tuesday, February 28 and appeared as the featured artist at OMAI’s Just Bust! Open Mic on Friday, March 3 and Workshop on Saturday, March 4.
About the Artist
Porsha Olayiwola is a native of Chicago who writes, lives, and loves in Boston. Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator, and curator who uses Afrofuturism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas. She is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the founder of the Roxbury Poetry Festival. Olayiwola is Brown University’s 2019 Heimark Artist-In-Residence as well as the 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She is a 2020 Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets. Olayiwola earned her MFA in poetry from Emerson College and is the author of i shimmer sometimes, too. Olayiwola is the current Poet Laureate for the city of Boston. Her work can be found in or forthcoming from with TriQuarterly Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Boston Globe, Essence Magazine, Redivider, The Academy of American Poets, Netflix, Wildness Press, The Museum of Fine Arts, and elsewhere.
Moonshine is a traditional performance gathering in celebration of Black History Month featuring dance, spoken word, and experimental contemporary performance.
Following Moonshine – A Black History Month tradition, join the Division of the Arts for Arts Together, a reception and panel discussion with Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Porsha Olayiwola and others. Arts Together events bring faculty and staff together to meet each other, share in collaborative ideas, and explore opportunities for funding creative research as we celebrate the arts on campus.
In this talk, learn about the Arts Residency Programs and the impact of interdisciplinary arts at UW–Madison through a conversation with Black, queer performing artist Shasparay Irvin and Black writer, performer, playwright and current Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Porsha Olayiwola.
Porsha Olayiwola and Crystal Valentine will be joined by Madison’s own Ali Muldrow, who will moderate a conversation and audience Q&A.
Madison’s long-running, all-ages open mic, Just Bust! Open Mic, includes community performances, First Wave and alumni spotlight performance, and a performance by Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Porsha Olayiwola.
An artistic workshop led by Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence Porsha Olayiwola.
The February-March 2023 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency was presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts with aryn kresol as program coordinator and by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) with Director Sofía Snow as residency lead.