Arts Midwest: Poetry, People and Place

Arts Midwest: Poetry, People and Place:
How does art foster dialogue, create/sustain community, and (re)inscribe memory?
Presenter: Dr. Lasana Kazembe
Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Location: The Jazz Kitchen, B-Side, 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220
Cost: Free

Indiana writers and artists have a rich legacy of expressing the political and social ideas of their time. Lasana’s multimedia presentation explores how artists-from Hoosier poets to visual and performing artists-have represented the new urban industrial reality that developed in the Midwest and addressed social disillusionment across urban, rural and suburban lines. This session examines the lives, art, and ideas of four famous Hoosiers: Mari Evans, Etheridge Knight, Freddie Hubbard, and Wes Montgomery. Through their work, these artists were also responsible for bringing the collective thoughts, sensibilities, and folk wisdom of Indiana and the Midwest into the broader landscape of American artistic and intellectual traditions.

Thank you to our sponsors: Indiana Humanities, and The Jazz Kitchen.

An official “One State / One Story: The Year We Left Home Community Read program” sponsored by Indiana Humanities.




Dr. Lasana Kazembe is an assistant professor at IUPUI where he holds an appointment in the School of Education (Department of Urban Teacher Education) and a courtesy appointment in the Africana Studies Program. He is a published poet, educational consultant, and scholar of the Black Arts Movement, Global Black Arts Movements, and Urban Education. His latest book, entitled Keeping Peace: Reflections on Life, Legacy, Commitment, and Struggle, was published in 2018by Third World Press Foundation.












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