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Visiting Artist Series | Zoom Lecture by Tiffanie L. Beatty (Tiff)

Tuesday, April 13th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Description

Tiff Beatty opens The People's Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O with "Bronzeville Goddamn", a spoken word poem, 2019. Photo by Candice Majors.

Tiff Beatty opens The People’s Church of the G.H.E.T.T.O with “Bronzeville Goddamn”, a spoken word poem, 2019. Photo by Candice Majors.

Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim School of Art is honored to annually host the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This series provides near weekly opportunities to learn from talented artists from all around the globe. Previously, these lectures were held in University Galleries in Uptown Normal. Due to current circumstances, the Spring 2021 iteration of the Visiting Artist Series will occur entirely on Zoom. This event series is free and open to the public. 

Artist Statement from the featured artist, Tiffanie L. Beatty (Tiff):

“Tiffanie L. Beatty (Tiff) is an arts and culture organizer and spoken word poet in Chicago, IL. She was born and raised in Tacoma, WA.

Pyro Poet Tiff Beatty writes, performs, organizes and hosts Chicago’s only bonfire cypher, Art Is Bonfire. Pastor Tiff writes, performs, and officiates services illuminated by the black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet Audre Lorde. Her poems are rituals, offerings, altar calls, benedictions.

As Program Director, Arts, Culture, and Public Policy at National Public Housing Museum (NPHM), Tiff oversees the Museum’s oral history programs and Entrepreneurship Hubs and is a Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Senior Fellow.

Tiff previously served as Program Director at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) as well as the Chicago Center For Urban Life and Culture. Her social justice and activism programs and poetry are featured in Ebony Magazine and Chicago Tribune. Tiff Beatty was a 2019 Fellow with Chicago United for Equity and received the additional distinction of the 2019 Field Leader Award from the Field Foundation of Illinois.”


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