Conversations in the Arts- The Arts and Words
United States of America
Virtual Meeting URL: https://www.facebook.com/HuntingtonArts/
Conversations in the Arts offers participatory talks with artists and scholars from our community to help us enrich our arts experiences and more fully understand the values and contributions the arts add to society. Huntington Arts Council proudly offers this forum to help stimulate and promote the arts. Engaged inquiries and dialogues are a healthy way to explore ideas and facilitate collaborations and networking opportunities. Please go to our website for more information on upcoming topics.
The next Conversation will be July 2nd, 2020, 7 – 8:30pm via Facebook Live. The Arts and Words. Words can be a powerful artistic tool. This talk will explore how words can be an art form unto themselves through a variety of formats including through poetry, lyrics, storytelling, comedy and drama.
Nicole "SG" Oquendo is a Long Island based poet, lyricist, speaker, and fitness enthusiast, who uses her poetry to spread awareness for mental illness, depression, and suicide, all of which she has experience. Her lyrical flow takes those who listen, on a journey through her own past struggles, as well as those close to her, while illustrating how she survived, giving hope to those who are living through the same struggle.
Steven Prestia is a Senior Arts management BFA/MBA major, general arts concentration at LIU Post and current Grants for the Arts Assistant at the Huntington Arts Council. Steven is also a stand-up comedian and has performed at various venues across Long Island and New York City. Some of his credits include Caroline’s on Broadway, Governor’s, McGuire’s, and the Broadway Comedy Club.
Walt Sargent is a local songwriter who has published a couple of CDs, placed 3rd the Dallas Songwriting Competition and served as Director of the Island Songwriter Showcase 'helping songwriters become better songwriters'.
Stylistically, his songs cross into rock, folk and reggae to classical and jazz. Walt is classically-trained baritone who performed both with Opera Pro Voce and the Reggaematics all over the Island in the '90s.
Today, he continues to write, record and perform what he calls 'neo-retro songs with guts'. He can be reached at 631.470.9627 and online at waltsargent.com.
Cynthia Shor, BA (NYU), MA in Lit. (American U), and PhD Candidate in Eng. Ed. (NYU), has been the Executive Director of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) since 2006. She was an NYU Teaching Fellow and Instructor in the Steinhardt School of Teaching and Learning 1994-2014 and received the NYU Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. She is Director Emerita of the NYU College of Arts and Science Board of Trustees and currently serves on its Nominating Committee. She is a published poet and has taught Literature courses in the Great Neck Adult Education Program from 1985-2000 and received award recognition for her work. As WWBA Executive Director, she manages the NY State Historic Site where Walt was born in 1819, which includes arranging all cultural arts programs and the various Family Day events, collaborating with community organizations for historic, educational and social programs, and overseeing personnel, collections management, school programs and student events. She is supervising the Technology Exhibit Renovation which opened in May 2019 and is managing the program and events for Whitman’s 2019 Bicentennial Birthday Celebration at the Birthplace.
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746
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