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Philly Loves Poetry Presents Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy Pt. 2

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm
logo - Walt Whitman at 200 Part 2
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This month we celebrate Walt Whitman, American poet, essayist, and journalist.
May 31, 2019, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman, who spent the last decades of his life in Camden, NJ, a short ferry ride from Philadelphia.

Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy is being planned as an exploration of the relevance of the poet’s life and words for a contemporary audience through a region-wide program of cultural events.

One vital component of Whitman’s writings, his poetics of nature, views man on a continuum with the natural world: both of it and able to appreciate it for itself and for its spiritual dimension. For Whitman, the “Nature-element” is essential to our Democracy and “really underlie[s] the whole politics, sanity, religion, and art of the New World.”

Join Homer Jackson,  Jarboe, Claire Kloss, and host Charles S. Carr, as they celebrate one of America's most important poets.


photo: Jarboe(she/he)

Jarboe (she/he), is a cabaret artist, director, writer, historian, and host serving you revolution, herstory, queer community making, and a whole lot of glitter.

Going back to the interdisciplinary roots of cabaret, Jarboe is transforming opera, and live performance from her home in Philadelphia, making work that is insistent on its liveness and interactivity, work that will make you sing, dance, clap and question.

Jarboe has created work with and for Opera Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, The Wilma Theater, The Kimmel Center, FringeArts among others.

Homer Jackson, an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia whose work is presented as an installation, performance art, public art, video and audio.

Mr. Jackson has received support for his work from the Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Civitella Rainieri Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Playwrights Center and Franklin Furnace Fund For Performance Art.

Homer Jackson serves as the director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

photo: Claire Kloss

Claire Kloss, is the Manager of Evening Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She oversees programs on Wednesday and Friday Nights when the museum is open late. Her primary focus has been the Final Fridays program which invites Philadelphia artists and creatives into the building to lead
“Detours” of the collection, perform in the galleries or facilitate hands on art making projects.

Final Fridays provide a platform to amplify new voices and perspectives about the museum and its collection in a fun, offbeat and provocative way.
Claire thoroughly enjoys ideating, creating and executing exciting programs for visitors at the PMA.

Watch on Comcast Xfinity 66/ 966HD/ 967, Verizon FIOS 29/30 in Philadelphia, Roku, FB Live, and PhillyCAM Livestream everywhere


Free and open to the public. Live Studio Audience should arrive no later than 6 pm




logo-Philly Loves Poetry Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Readings Series on PhillyCAM

There are over 50 organizations that promote poetry in the Philadelphia area. They represent every poetry form, ethnic background, age, gender, and community. This series consists of a panel of guest poets and artists discussing the opportunities which their group or organization provides for poets in Philly as well as the themes that influence them. The program is broadcast live on the first Tuesday of each month. The program is free and open to everyone.


Co-Produced by

PhillyCAM and Moonstone Poetry Center

Moonstone Arts Center Office
110A S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107,
(215) 735-9600

Moonstone: April 2, 2019 from PhillyCAM on Vimeo.