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Thor Johnson @ 2014 Visual Speed Bump Tour of Art

What:  Thor Johnson (ArtSpeak Series)
When: Saturday May 17th, 7:00 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409 N Tyler

thor johnsonIn conjunction with the day-long Visual Speed Bump Tour of Art Tour in Oak Cliff, WordSpace presents performance art with Thor Johnson. The notorious Thor Johnson direct from his recent acclaimed solo art show will seek to further enlighten and amaze with his poetic revelations, unexpected consequences and stark truth and lies.

Also appearing: Master printmaker Matt Bagley backed up by the BarackOBilly Squires, to further your spiritual development as they hope to manifest the Holy Art Spirit and bring the Aesthetic of the Real to the justified. And direct from the Psyche Fest Art Tent are the Grandmaster artists Andy Don Emmons and Clay Stinnett .
The artists of Oak Cliff welcome you into their homes and studios for the 2014 Visual SpeedBump Art Tour. Come out and see artists in their natural habitat and be amazed by all the creativity in “the Cliff”. The tour begins at noon on Saturday May 17th and runs until 6pm. This one-day event is Free and open to the public. Printed maps will be available at each stop.

There’s 16 studios/galleries so start early and plan ahead! The website has the images and info you might need to build your itinerary. Be adventurous, have fun and be safe.




Youth Workshops 1 & 3 Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson

 Youth Poets Workshops is a component of WS Next Generation Project in support and development of young writers. WordSpace presents workshops mentored by top performance poet and Dallas Youth Poets Executive Director, Joaquin Zihuatanejo and co-founder Alexandra Marie Thurston They provide poetry and slam outreach to area youth in two great locations. The workshops are open to ages 11-17. Participants receive instruction in writing and performance with a chance to compete for the  Dallas Youth Poetssponsored team that will represent Dallas in the annual conference, Brave New Voices.  The workshop participants are also eligible to compete in other area youth team competitions.

1069326_606241049416526_1446133809_nJoaquin Zihuatanejo (born in Dallas, Texas) is an award-winning American slam poet and teacher. In 2004, Zihuatanejo competed in the National Poetry Slam as part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which placed third. He also appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry in 2005.  In 2008, he won the Individual World Poetry Slam and was the winner of the World Cup of Poetry Slam in 2009. Currently, Zihuatanejo resides near his hometown of Dallas with his wife and two daughters. Outside of poetry, Zihuatanejo taught English and creative writing for seven years.

Alexandra Marie Thurstonis a writer from Los Angeles and Director of the Dallas Poetry Slam. She bring years of service to the poetry community and inspiring mentorship to young writers. Alexandra Marie Thurston serves as the board of directors of WordSpace.

WordSpace is honored to partner with Oak Cliff Cultural Center to produce Youth Poets Workhops at their facility. Funding for this program is made possible by City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and WordSpace Members.

Special Thanks to Half Price Books, sponsors of WordSpace at The Kessler, for use of their facilities for this program. WordSpace is also honored to be a 2014 recipient of TACA’s generosity.


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