Prizm Art Fair



Friday, December 6
12pm – 12:45 pm
Museums of the 21st Century is a series of public conversations with cultural practitioners altering our conception of what a museum can offer its public. Since Fall 2018, Philadelphia Contemporary has invited visionaries ranging from artists to architects, curators to historians, poets to public officials to consider the possibilities of the museums to come. Each talk hosts local perspectives alongside national or international visitors, offering Philadelphia audiences the opportunity to both hear more about their community and to learn from those outside the region.
Yolanda Wisher
Philadelphia-based poet, singer, educator and curator Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013). Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. A Pew and Cave Canem Fellow, she has been a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook and Aspen Words. Wisher taught high school English for a decade, served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals. She performs a unique blend of poetry and song with her band The Afroeaters and has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher was the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Curator of Spoken Word at Philadelphia Contemporary and is part of the first cohort of artists with studios at the Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront.
Lucien & Byrd
Both born in 1989, the 89 Writers duo – Lucien Christian Adderley and Richard ‘Byrd’ Wilson – spent the majority of their childhood years in South Florida. They both studied the arts at every age and attended magnet schools for theatre and music, Lucien in Miami/Dade County and Byrd in Broward County. Their paths converged at Florida State University in 2008 when they united with 4 other poets and performers to form the Spoken Word Performing Arts group known as Team A.D.H.D. Lucien attended the esteemed Florida State University School of Theatre and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting and Theatre Studies. During his time in undergrad, Lucien also studied classical theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. To enhance his skills in screenwriting and storytelling, Lucien continued his education in the Creative Writing MFA Screenwriting Program at Full Sail University. In February 2019, Lucien was selected as a Rising Creator Awardee by Blavity & Shadow and Act at the 1st Annual Shadow And Act RISING Awards. He is also a two-time NAACP Act-So Dramatics 1st Place winner and a Theodore Gibson Oratory Competition winner.

Since competing in regional and collegiate poetry showcases while attending Florida State University, Byrd went on to perform and speak around the country. He and Lucien both represented South Florida in the National Poetry Slam, finishing 6th in the nation. Byrd was also a Teaching Artist with the City of Pompano Beach and Jason Taylor Foundation as apart of Omari Hardwick’s BluApple Poetry Network, where he taught writing and performance workshops to aspiring high school poets. 

Even after taking different paths, the duo had a hunger to work on creative projects as a team, leading them to form 89 Writers. Together, the writers have experience in television drama, sketch comedy, web series, and playwriting. They have traveled to college campuses and venues throughout the U.S. performing their unique brand of entertainment. The team developed a perspective and style true to the young, educated and imaginative minorities they are. They have a desire to bring unique and untold stories to the page; both ratchet and righteous. Their favorite quote is, “The goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will.”  Most recently, Lucien and Byrd were staffed as writers and the acting coach on Academy Award winner Tarell McCraney’s OWN Network series David Makes Man.
Dr. Precious Symonette | Creative Writing Teacher at Miami Dade County Public Schools
The Florida Freedom Writers Foundation is a non -profit organization, led by C.E.O., Dr. Precious Symonette and the Florida Freedom Writers, (FFW),who are  collegiate, student teaching artists. The work of this non- profit includes, but is not limited to facilitating writing workshops,  creating and participating in community, service learning projects for students in grades K-12th. Students learn 21st Century Skills to help them to be successful academically, socially, and professionally. Additionally, students learn, practice, and perform a variety of artistic expression. Using the ideologies and methodologies of the original Freedom Walkers, Freedom Riders,  the Freedom Writers of the 1960’s, and the Freedom Writers in Long Beach, California,  students learn about these Movements to promote empathy, community, love, and social justice in modern times. 

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