On Thursday, September 21, Fishtrap and Oregon Humanities present a special interactive event with educator and spoken word artist, Jason Graham, aka MOsley WOtta. The audience will engage in a discussion about creativity, expression, and how artists must take risks.
What do we risk when we lay ourselves open through music, painting, or any other art form? What might we give up and what might we gain when we set out to craft something beautiful or provocative or simply expressive that the world did not previously hold? Given today’s artistic economy, to what extent is exposure—to other people and of the creative self—desirable?
This is the focus of “What We Risk: Creativity, Vulnerability, and Art,” a free conversation with Jason Graham aka MOsley WOtta on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Fishtrap. This program is hosted by Fishtrap and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Jason Graham is a Chicago-born, Oregon-based artist and educator. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon and is currently an art ambassador for Rise Up International in association with the US Department of State. He has been featured multiple times as a TEDx speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, Women’s Muse Conference, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, and Oregon Art Beat, and he has shared stages with the likes of Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, and Talib Kweli, among many others. Most recently he worked as a journalist in Nauru for Vice magazine.