This VIRTUAL Blended Conversation takes Art and Conversation, examines the world around us through live artists performances and dialogue. Specifically, we seek to discover how our conversations and stories work in relation to each other. Join us this month for an artist talk with Poet, Model and Educator Yaw Osafo-Kantanka Kyerematereng. Artists share their own real-life stories in an intimate, relaxed and informal setting. This event will boast artist and audiences from all walks of life who will share real and raw stories from their own lives, so you can expect to come away feeling hopeful, touched and inspired. We will hear about what they’re doing in their communities, how they got to where they are and why it has impacted them in their life.
Blended Conversations - September 2021
This video will premiere on Saturday, September 11 @ 7 pm on Pompano Beach Arts Facebook Page.
Sharonda Eccentrich Richardson was born and raised in Pompano Beach Fl. She is the CEO & Founder of a cultural nonprofit organization, Be Eccentrich Inc. As a poet, she has graced the stages of over 75 venues from Florida to California. Eccentrich held a 9th place ranking amongst woman poets in the world according to her placement during the Women of the World Poetry Slam in 2017. Eccentrich competed as a member of the celebrated spoken word team, Dada, who finished 1st in the nation during the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Eccentrich has been recently honored to have her poetry featured on the acclaimed in the poetry platform, Button Poetry. In addition to her performance poetry, she is a published author releasing her first novel, Church Folk Ain’t Got No Sense, in December 2015. In 2017, her stage play Everything That Glitters, a play about Domestic Violence debuted to a sold-out crowd. Eccentrich is also the founder of Free on the Inside, the poetry pipeline series, where she goes into prisons facilitating workshops and showcasing spoken word poetry, with other poets. This project was a finalist for the prestigious Knight Foundation -- Knight Arts Challenge in 2018. Also, in 2017 she created the Exit 36 Slam Poetry Festival. A multiday festival highlighting spoken word with poets from across the country, the first ever of its kind in the City of Pompano Beach. When she is not busy in the performing arts world, her greatest and most rewarding job is being the mother of 5 children and wife to her wonderful husband.
Blended Conversations - August 2021
This video will premiere on Saturday, August 14 @ 7 pm on Pompano Beach Arts Facebook Page.
Juliana Forero is an Independent Arts Professional, founded of Nomad Arts Projects and currently working as consulting curator of contemporary art for the City of Pompano Beach, coordinating the art exhibitions for Bailey Contemporary Arts, Historic Ali Cultural Arts, and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. A native from Colombia, Juliana Forero worked as the Director of Education for Houston Center for Photography prior to relocating to South Florida. Her doctoral dissertation researched the role of the artistic community in the revitalization of the South Bronx, while working in the development department of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Blended Conversations - July 2021
This video will premiere on Saturday, July 10 @ 7 pm on Pompano Beach Arts Facebook Page.
Yaw is a Ghanaian artist residing in Los Angeles, CA and Accra, Ghana. Yaw is a writer, educator, and activist who connects to his audience through poetic storytelling on topics related to racial identity, family and immigration. Yaw finds joy in being a professional laugher and a rooted dancer with specialty in Afrobeats and West African tribal dance. On stage, Yaw becomes his stories, channels language through time and space to give the audience a cathartic experience.
Blended Conversations - June 2021
Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, activist, and educator who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her forthcoming collection of poems, A Gospel of Bones, will be available from Alternating Current Press in March 2021, and her second collection, Poems for the End of the World, will be available from Finishing Line Press in June 2021. Her chapbook collection, Thirteen Descansos, was published by Penmanship Books in 2015. Suzi co-wrote the dramatic productions How I Got Over: Journeys in Verse, produced by Off Center at the Denver Center for Performing Arts in 2016, and Where We Are From: Freedom is a Constant Struggle, produced by 5280 Arts Coop in 2018.
As a community organizer, Suzi began her career working for a civil rights organization in Denver. She has remained actively involved in serving her community in a number of capacities for over 20 years. Suzi was the first Slammaster of Denver’s Slam Nuba, and she spent 12 years in the poetry slam arena as a coach, organizer, and performer, earning her way to dozens of local, regional, national, and international finals and championships. In addition, she has worked extensively with youth, serving as a Teaching Artist with Youth On Record, and as a coach of Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, resulting in two international championships. She has served a number of community organizations locally in Denver, including serving as the co-Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs from 2017 until 2020.
Currently, Suzi Q. is at work on her next collection while she continues to teach Creative Writing, all while cultivating a beautiful life.
Blended Conversations - September 2020
Acclaimed actress and poet Rachel Finley joins Eccentrich for Blended Conversations. The award-winner shares three mesmerizing performances with us while discussing her creative inspiration and career journey.
Blended Conversations - August 2020
Our host Eccentrich is joined by poet Sherrika Mitchell for a fun-filled and poignant Blended Conversation that features three outstanding performances of Sherrika’s original poetry.
Blended Conversations - July 2020
Are you ready to laugh? Join Eccentrich as she talks with Comedian FeFe who shares some of her funniest bits throughout this fascinating conversation about life and comic inspiration.
Blended Conversations - June 2020
Join us for a Blended Conversations Virtual Event. In this video we connect with the powerful poet and screenwriter Richard "Byrd" Wilson, as we experience some of his poetry and listen as he shares how his own real-life stories influenced him in his art. You can expect to come away feeling hopeful, touched, and inspired.