The Pollinators Parade took place at Oppenstein Brothers Memorial Park, Downtown Kansas City, Missouri as part of 2022 Art in the Loop Project: Sustainable. The participatory performance centered honeybees and native pollinators in the Kansas City area. Pollinating animals are threatened due to loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive plant and animal species, and diseases and parasites. The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past 10 years.
Special thanks to Brett Creason and MO Hives KC for joining us to discuss how to support local pollinators. MO Hives KC puts bee hives on vacant urban lots, creating bee farms that pollinate nearby food gardens, while invigorating the community with a wide range of experiential learning opportunities.
Flight was an interactive shadow puppetry exhibition that took place at Artspace 304 in the Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Media and Performance Gallery. During the pandemic, as I was home more, I became increasingly attached to the birds who shared my garden. I found comfort in the companionship of these avain compagions. The work of American poet Emily Dickinson spoke to me. Dickinson shared my love of solitude and birds. During her lifetime, she produced some 1,800 poems. 222 of those poems made reference to birds. Apart from her 150 uses of the word “bird,” she names the robin (38 times), the bobolink (12), the sparrow (9), the jay (7), the hummingbird (5), the crow and oriole (4), the wren (3), the blackbird (2) and the bluebird, the phoebe, the owl, and the nightingale. For me, each of these birds was a meditation; on Dickinson’s text, on the exquisite beauty of each bird, and the singular and fleeting nature of our interactions. Creating this piece was an opportunity for me to reflect on and bask in the beauty around me. Crafting each piece came from a place of stillness, of being present and attuned to these ephemeral meetings. I hope this installation speaks to visitors of the wild and wondrous winged creatures with whom they share brief and beautiful moments.
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Thanks so much to the Steelville Arts Council for letting me stay in the Cottage! I appreciated having the time to write in such a cozy environment.
The town of Steelville has a very cute downtown.
Furthermore, I appreciated the opportunity to visit a variety of state parks and historical sites while I was in the area including: Dillard Mill Historic Site, Elephant Rocks State Park, Johnson’s Shut-in’s State Park, Meramec State Park, Meramec Springs State Park, and Onondaga Cave State Park.
I wanted to invite you to check out my one-act dystopian comedy, “Fast Forward,” directed by the super talented Karin Crighton and part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Streaming July 18-August 1. https://kcfringe.org/2021-shows/fast-forward/
Thank you to Onelove for having me as an artist-in-residence this past month. I really appreciated this opportunity to engage with creatives in New Orleans and to explore and learn more about the Crescent City.
Here are some collages I created while in residence at Onelove.
Special thanks to director Bryn Boice, actress Rebecca Gray Davis, and Emerging Artist Theatre for a great staged reading of “Raise Less Corn and More Hell! Annie Diggs: A Prairie Populist,” as part of the New Works Series, March 10, 2019.
I am pleased to share that I will be an artist-in-residence at Newnan, Artrez, in Newnan, GA, March 19th-April 2nd. While in Newnan, GA, I will facilitate puppetry and mask workshops at Newnan’s Carnegie Library and at Backstreet Community Arts Center. I also will do an artist talk and teach a playwriting workshop in the theatre department at West Georgia University. https://newnanartist.org