Martin Puryear: The Art Institute of Chicago

One of my sculpture idols is Martin Puryear. It was with joy and excitement I viewed his exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago. Entitled Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensionsthe exhibition shows over 100 drawings and 12 sculptures, many of which has never been seen before. His transformative works show mastery of craft and creative exploration across many ideas. Through May 1, 2016 it is a must-see before it closes!

FM Supreme: “Momma Loves Me”

FM Supreme continues to evolve as an artist whose connections to community, social justice and her faith make her one of the most brilliant MCs in the game. On my one year blogoversary on WordPress I am excited to share FM Supreme’s new music video “Momma Loves Me”. Her new video accompanies a powerful song full of wisdom, truth and dope rhymes.

Favorite words of wisdom from “Momma Loves Me”:

A queen on microphone/A female king get it straightened like a hot comb


Shot and edited by J’mme Love

FM Supreme is founder of Chicago International Youth Peace Movement… , and co-founder of The Peace Exchange: Chicago – Asia 2013;

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Station to Station

A public art project made possible by Levi’s, Station to Station is a cool, innovative and striking project launching from Riverfront Studios in New York City on September 6th. It is a happening launching from East Coast to West Coast by train involving the topics of place, art, film, music and food. Artists, musicians and creative peoples will be involved with site-specific station and onboard events. Whether you are there or not you can participate in the events and add art to the experience through using the hashtag: #TrackSTS. The video above indicates the inspiration behind the “Road Trip”.

From New York City the train will stop in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Santa Fe, Winslow, Barstow, Los Angeles, Oakland/ San Francisco between September 6th and September 28th with a wide variety of changing and dynamic artists, musicians and creative peoples. To follow the train and add to the experience, use hashtag: TrackSTS and go to

Watch here for information on the sold out launch of Station to Station in New York City:

Asia Calcagno, Poet: Verbal Empowerment and Activism

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“As a writer I find that it is my job to be constantly inspired by everything from the desk I am sitting at to the injustices in our world. I am constantly searching for new topics to write about, but my writing usually involves topics of race, class, and gender because these identities are so personal to me. Nevertheless I am always delving into new and bold topics because as a poet, I do not believe in silence, so I turn my writing and performances into a form of verbal empowerment and activism.

My journey as a poet/performer started when I was 14. I was a freshman in high school and I won an in-class poetry slam. I have been writing nonstop. Through endless amounts of mentor-ship and having been affiliated with Young Chicago Authors back in my hometown, many doors and opportunities have opened up for me. I’ve competed twice in the largest youth poetry slam in the world, Louder Than A Bomb Festival and through that I was able to be a part of the Illinois All-Start Team for Brave New Voices. I’ve had the opportunity to perform at venues such as The Black Women’s Exposition and The Taste of Chicago. This past summer I, along with three other empowering women, traveled to London for almost two weeks to teach and perform. In London we performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall and were guest performers in the Shake The Dust Festival. While abroad I was honored to do a set at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. I feel so blessed to have started writing and performing at a young age and to be able to make so many lasting connections with other artists.

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Though I started off as a “slam-poet” I’m now an extremely versatile poet. I wear many hats when it comes to writing. Here at Connecticut College I major in English with a concentration in poetry so I write for the page and play around with the craft but I can definitely switch up the style and compete in slam easily. I would say that after 7 years of writing and performing I found myself wanting to give back and teach the craft to youth so I do a lot of workshops with middle school and high school students. I also am vice president /rising president of my college’s spoken word club RefleXion.”

People can get in touch with me via email

You can read my poetry on my blog here

A recent performance of mine.

Nick Cave Soundsuits at Grand Central Terminal


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Nick Cave is a sculptor, dancer, and performance artist that holds an important part of performance art history with his dynamic Soundsuits. He is best known for the Soundsuits that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. For March 25-31st his Soundsuits will be on display at Grand Central Terminal in the form of “horses” that will periodically break into movement. This installation and performance piece was especially choreographed for the Centennial celebration of Grand Central Terminal. Exhibit hours 9am-8pm. Daily performances will take place at 11am and 2pm.

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