CSF Generative Performing Awards Fellow 2009 - Glenn North





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Published on Jul 22, 2009

Launched in 2008, the Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards support and recognize artists creating outstanding, innovative, original work in the fields of dance, theater, music, experimental music performance, theater/performance art, and hybrid/interdisciplinary versions thereof. The awards seek to foster the continued creative and professional development of the selected artists, provide the means for them to further focus on and develop their work, and increase exposure for their accomplishments, as the CSF Visual Artist Awards have done since 1997. Through its Awards programs, CSF seeks to contribute to the vitality of Kansas City's art community and to enhance Kansas City's desirability as a place for artists to work and live.

The recipients were selected based on the quality of their work and accomplishments to date, as well as promise for continued development as generative artists; relevance of their work in relation to local, regional and national contemporary art discourses and to the contemporary moment and culture in which we are living; and the potential of their work stand up nationally, influence the field, and have lasting value. With these latest awards, Charlotte Street Foundation has now recognized a total of 70 Kansas City based visual and generative performing artists, with a total of $432,500 in unrestricted cash grants distributed directly to the artists. A public performance of the work of this years Generative Performing Awards Fellows is planned for late fall, 2009.

Glenn North is a nationally recognized performance poet who has shared the stage with such noted poets as Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka, and whose original spoken word tracks are featured on CDs including Out of the Comfort Zone by the Jazz Disciples, Release by the Phantom, and The Experience by Tru Sol. Norths work has been commissioned by entities including Points of Light Foundation, the Norman Lear Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Kansas City Public Library. He has been a featured poet at events hosted by MTV Rock the Vote, NAACP Black History Month, and KC Repertory Theatre in conjunction with the world premiere of Clay. This spring, he was accepted into the prestigious, highly competitive Cave Canem program, a five year program of week-long retreats for African American poets held annually at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The retreat residencies offer Fellows the opportunity to join a community and to study with a world-class faculty that includes Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa and many others.

North is currently poet in residence and education specialist at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, where among many other things he organizes the monthly open mic poetry series Jazz Poetry Slams. A committed teacher as well as student, he has worked extensively with urban youth, including as director of the Urban Transcendence Poetry Project, which included leading poetry and performance workshops, developing school curriculum, and editing the publication Urban Transcendence Poetry Magazine. In his words, Glenn strives to write and perform poetry that possesses timeless aesthetic value while demonstrating how the written and spoken word can change lives and uplift communities.
He studied English at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, earned his BLS from Rockhurst University, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at UMKC.

Partial funding for CSFs 2009 Awards programs has been generously provided by Scott Francis, Scott and Dallas Pioli, Nancy and Rick Green, and Susan Moore.

Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) supports and recognizes outstanding artists in Kansas City; presents, promotes, enhances, and encourages the visual and performing arts; and fosters economic development in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo. On all levels, CSF places artists at the center of its mission and has built an infrastructure that depends on and reflects their involvement. As a result, we are an organization that continually evolves in response to their input and in relation to the citys larger cultural ecosystem. For more about the Charlotte Street Foundation, visit www.charlottestreet.org.


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