The Fine Arts departments at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are presenting a schedule of activities on campus to celebrate Fine Arts Week during April 9 through April 12, 2018. The events include music, art exhibits, literary performances and other art activities. All activities are free and open to the public.
Fine Arts Week begins on Monday, April 9, with Open Studio in Art Studio Room 167 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by a Game Making Workshop in the Ojibwemowining Digital Arts Studio from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday’s activities conclude with a film screening at 7:00 p.m. in Room 195.
A highlight of Fine Arts Week will be a reading and writing workshop with multiple award-winning poet/playwright Khary Jackson on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The public reading by Jackson is scheduled for 12:00 pm in the campus commons and amphitheater. The writing workshop titled “Imagination and World Building” will follow at 2:00 pm in Room 228.
Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer, and musician. He currently resides in Minneapolis and is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship for black writers. He has written 12 plays, one of which “Water” was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s 2012 Cultural Community Partnership Grant and 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for Poetry, as well as the 2009 VERVE Spoken Word Grant from Intermedia Arts. Jackson’s first poetry book, Any Psalm You Want, was published with Write Bloody Publishing in the spring of 2013 to critical acclaim.
In addition to Khary Jackson’s poetry reading and writing workshop on Tuesday, April 10, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students, employees, and community members will present an entertaining variety show called FDLTCC Live! at 6:00 p.m. in Room 195.
Visual art is the theme of the day on Wednesday, April 11, with another Open Studio in Art Studio Room 167 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. An Art Exhibit of student work will open in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Thursday, April 12, beginning at 10:15 a.m. in the amphitheater, the Li’l Thunder Learning Center will showcase their talented young students with a choir concert.
Finally, the newest edition of The Thunderbird Review, the literary anthology published by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, is set to be released during the week. The release party, including readings by the authors, will take place Thursday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the commons and amphitheater. All are welcome to join the party to read their work, enjoy refreshments, and pick up a copy of the journal.