The UW–Madison Division of the Arts welcomes Michele Byrd-McPhee as the Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence. During the semester, Byrd-McPhee will continue working on avenues of growth and sustainability for the Hip-Hop community. In the course “Hip-Hop Culture, Women & the World,” students will examine the roots of Hip-Hop culture and its current place as a global phenomenon with a specific focus on the history, contributions, and experiences of women in Hip-Hop. This semester’s residency will be held remotely.
The Fall 2020 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts and hosted by the Dance Department with Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland, Jr. as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) & First Wave Learning Community, The Studio Creative Arts Community, Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE), Art Department, and Drum Power. Other campus and community supporters include Department of Afro-American Studies and Barrio Dance.
The UW–Madison Division of the Arts has hosted world-class artists-in-residence since 1995 and formally launched the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) in 1999. The IARP is made possible by funding from the university’s Office of the Provost.
Ursula Rucker is a Philadelphia born poet, mother, activist, and recording artist. She has been performing, recording, and releasing works for over 20 years. She has five solo recordings and collaborated on over 100 songs. Rucker has been awarded the Leeway Foundation’s Art for Change and Transformation Awards and a Pew Fellowship. She is the subject of the documentary short POET and continues to perform her first one-woman show and live memoir, My Father’s Daughter.
LaTasha Barnes is an internationally recognized and awarded dancer, educator, coach, entrepreneur, and cultural ambassador. Barnes performs and competes in these cultural traditions: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Besides performing in International Lindy Hop Championships and the Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival, she collaborates with many artists and organizations. Her performance and research bridges the gap between communities of practice and academic cultural dance research, performance, and preservation.
Maori Karmael Holmes is a curator, filmmaker, and writer. She founded BlackStar Film Festival and serves as its Artistic Director and CEO. She has organized programs in film at notable organizations. Other projects include KinoWatt and Black Lily Film & Music Festival. As a director, her works have screened internationally including her feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop (2006). Her writing has appeared in multiple outlets.
Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson is the founder of Flygirrl which incorporates her art, design, music, and ground-breaking promotions and events. She has produced and promoted thousands of events. Her design and event production clients include a long roster of notable artists. Her art works on wood, canvas, and sneakers have been featured in various exhibitions, media outlets, and TV shows. Wilson teaches graphic design classes as well as teaching painting for all ages.
- Michele Bryd-McPhee is one of the keynote speakers for the annual Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) National Conference. She will be joined by Assistant Professor Duane Lee Holland, Jr. for Creating Racial Justice & Change Through the Arts and Why It’s Important.” Registration is open!
- Tune in to our IG Live Chat series with Michele Byrd-McPhee and guest artists on Instagram (@uwmadisonarts) on Mondays at noon (CDT) through August 17, 2020.
Images courtesy of the artists.