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Performance Poetry 2014 - First Wave - <span class="date-display-single">10/17/2014 - 5:00pm</span>

Performance Poetry 2014

10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Overture Center for the Arts - Promenade Hall

Presented in partnership with 100 State, the Morgridge Center, the YWCA, the Madison Media Institute, the Hip Hop Revival, UCAN.


Three First Wave poets will put their unique poetic spin on the Race to Equity Report, one of the most troubling documents that has exposed the profound inequality existent in Dane County among communities of color, particularly African-Americans and whites related to poverty, achievement gap issues and incarceration rates and beyond. The poems will be responded to by three renowned local and internationally acclaimed artists and community intellectuals .

First Wave

About Presenter First Wave


The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture.


The inaugural First Wave cohort of fifteen students began their UW-Madison career in the Fall 2007 Semester and currently there are sixty spoken word and hip hop artists on full-tuition scholarship or that have graduated from the First Wave Program. 

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