Spoken Word Performance by Dwayne Morgan and Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony
Thu Feb 01 2024
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony and Time of Change by Anna Boghiguian
Join us for the KUUMBA 365 Spoken Word Performance by artists Dwayne Morgan and Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony in response to Anna Boghiguian's exhibition at The Power Plant. The artists will share their unique take on the exhibition Time of Change through the Black cultural lens using spoken word.
Dwayne Morgan is a two-time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion. He began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban-influenced artists. Morgan is the 2022 winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Celebration of Cultural Life award, the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Career Achievement in the Spoken Word and the 2016 finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. He has received the African Canadian Achievement Award and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony is an award-winning artist, curator, arts educator and creative consultant. Her accomplishments include being featured in When Sisters Speak, co-curating Scarborough: The Backbone as part of Toronto’s Year of Public Art, co-producing the Spoken Soul Festival and representing Toronto as a two-time national team finalist in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2019 she was a TEDx speaker and in 2020 an excerpt of her play How Jab Jab Saved the Pretty Mas was featured as part of Piece of Mine’s Black Women in Theatre Festival. Her work and leadership in the community sector was recognized as she was the recipient of the Toronto Community Foundation Vital People Award and again when she was recognized as one of 150 Black Women Making Herstory (as featured on CBC) for her contribution to building the arts scene in Toronto.
LEARN MORE ABOUT KUUMBA 365!
Three artists respond to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Winter 2024 Exhibitions in a video for the inaugural edition of KUUMBA 365. Artists Randell Adjei, Dwayne Morgan and Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony chose one or more works to respond to through the Black cultural lens using spoken word. Their creative process was documented through diary entries and personal interviews.
KUUMBA 365 is presented by