WORDS MATTER / 4TH EDITION, the annual collaborative art show is presenting another celebration of Memphis/Mid-South creativity of writers, artists and performers.
This year, some two dozen creatives divided into five groups are presenting works in multiple media. The event is a benefit for Literacy Mid-South, which is holding its popular Mid-South Book Festival that weekend.
As in past years, each of the five projects begins with words — a literary creation by an area writer. From there, various artists and performers interpret that creation in their own media — visual art, photography, music, dance and performance.
The participants this year are:
— Writers Miriam Decosta-Willis, Courtney Santo, Sandy Longhorn, Tonya Dyson and Richard Alley
— Visual artists Lurlynn Franklin, Mary Long, Maritza Davila, Indrani Nayar, Jay Etkin, Darlene Newman, Carl Moore, Jon W. Sparks
— Dancers Noelia Warnette, Louisa Koeppel, Camilla Curran, Jayme Stokes, Erin Kenny Walter
— Musicians/performers Jackie Murray, Delvyn Brown, Heather Trussell, Juju Bushman, Memphis Second Line Jazz Band
Memphis has increasingly been making bold and important collaborations across artistic disciplines and Words Matter is a leader in encouraging that.
On Friday, September 9, we'll have a party where the public can see what the groups have done, visit with the artists, and experience what some of our town's top artistic talent can do.
This is the third year that Words Matter has benefitted Literacy Mid-South.